Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

The Hannon laboratory at the CRUK Cambridge Institute (part of the University of Cambridge) is seeking to hire a post-doctoral scientist (Research Associate) to join a small team of scientists studying the role of Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) in transposon silencing (1).

Our laboratory has a long-standing interest in RNA biology and cancer research, and a history of developing new tools to address cutting-edge questions in these fields (see for a selected list of publications and research interests). This role will be part of a team that combines biochemical, genetic, imaging and computational approaches to understand piRNA-mediated silencing in Drosophila. Proteomics combined with biochemical methods will be used to systematically address the molecular mechanisms of piRNA-guided transcriptional silencing. This project is expected to have strong implications on our understanding of transcriptional gene silencing and epigenetics in general.

The successful candidate will have, or be soon to complete, a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (biochemistry or molecular biology). We are looking to recruit an individual with strong expertise in biochemistry, especially proteomic approaches and excellent laboratory skills in molecular biology.  Additional skills in microscopy, Drosophila models and/or bioinformatics are beneficial. The successful candidate should show initiative and independent thinking, possess excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team.

The post is available immediately.

(1) Czech and Hannon, Trends in Biochemical Sciences, 2016

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Nikki Coutts at

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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Please send applications in the following format: a CV, including publication record; a covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this particular post, what you will bring to the project and listing your research experience to date.

Closing date for applications is the 27th October 2017, with interviews yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference SW13614 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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