Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Department of Medicine

We are looking for a Research Assistant to work on an exciting research programme studying the role of Eros, a novel transmembrane protein that we have recently shown plays key roles in several aspects of immune system function (Thomas et al (2017) Journal of Experimental Medicine 214 (4), 1111-1128).

This post will be based at the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge but the project will also involve collaborating with colleagues at other institutes including the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB). The post will involve the use of in vitro and in vivo models to study the function of Eros within immune cells to assess its function in a variety of cell types.

The ideal candidate will have laboratory experience in cell culture, proteomics, molecular and/or cellular immunology, cloning and in vivo models of disease. Additional training will be provided where necessary. Daily duties would include cell culture and extraction/separation of proteins for proteomic studies such as plasma membrane profiling by mass spectrometry, RNA and DNA extraction, genome editing, flow cytometry and setting up/assessing in vivo models.

The successful candidate will have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, together with organisational and communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. They will be well-supported and will be joining a stimulating and collaborative research environment.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr David Thomas (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date for applications is the 21st December 2017, with interview dates yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference RC14112 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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