Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Department of Biochemistry

Central Cambridge

Development of genetic experimental tools in marine parasite _Perkinsus_

Skill sets: Molecular biology, cell biology, cell culture.

A research assistant position is available work alongside a post-doctoral researcher to develop and extend transformation technologies in _Perkinsus_. This genus consists of several important pathogens of marine shellfish, and is also a close relative and evolutionary model for apicomplexan parasites and dinoflagellate algae. The project will develop and extend existing transformation systems in _Perkinsus_ including using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome engineering. This project will be based in the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, Tennis Court Road, Central Cambridge and is a collaboration between Dr Ross Waller (University of Cambridge), Dr Sebastian Gornik (National University of Ireland Galway), Professor Arnab Pain (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia) and Professor Chris Howe (University of Cambridge).

Candidates should have a bachelors degree, or equivalent, in biology with some knowledge of molecular biology. Experience in cell culturing and DNA plasmid assembly and cloning will be an advantage. The ability to work both as part of a team, coupled with good communication and organizational skills are required.

The position is available from December 2017, and is funded for 18 months in the first instance.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Ross Waller (

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Enquiries about the online application process can be sent to Adriana Dote (

Please quote reference PH13587 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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