Research Associate/Senior Research Associate - Cryo-EM

University of Cambridge - Cambridge Institute for Medical Research - Haematology

Salary: £31,604 - £38,833 or £39,922 - £50,618

We seek a highly motivated researcher to join a team of scientists that utilise singe particle cryo-electron microscopy for protein structure determination.

The University of Cambridge has recently established a new state-of-the-art Cryo-EM facility housing a 200 kV Talos Artica and 300 kV Titan Krios (direct electron detectors) for high-resolution structure determination. We also collect data using the high-end electron microscopes at the Diamond Electron BioImaging Centre through peer-reviewed Block Allocation Group access. We have excellent computing infrastructure (both local and University High Performance Cluster).

The Warren lab uses a multidisciplinary approach including genetics, biochemistry and structural studies (Zyryanova et al. BioRxiv 224824; doi:; Warren AJ. Adv Biol Regul doi: 10.1016/j.jbior.2017.09.002; Weis et al. Nature Struct Biol 22: 914-19; Wong et al. Blood 118:4305-12; Barlow et al. Nat Med. 16: 59-66; Finch et al. Genes Dev 25: 917-929; Menne et al. Nature Genetics 39: 486-95) to investigate mechanisms of eukaryotic ribosome maturation and to understand how corruption of this process causes bone marrow failure and cancer predisposition.

The primary responsibilities of the candidate will be to work with other team members on sample preparation and screening, ensure high quality data acquisition on the Titan Krios microscope, provide guidance and expertise in using the latest image processing programmes and structure determination.

The candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area of the biological sciences with expertise in data collection on the Titan Krios electron microscope, data processing and structure determination. The candidate will have good technical communication and teaching skills. Suitable candidates will be put forward for the position of Senior Research Associate with a salary commensurate with qualifications and skills.

As a global centre of expertise in cryo-electron microscopy, the University of Cambridge is an outstanding place to work, with excellent potential for training, networking and building on your skills.  You will be joining a lab of international reputation working at the forefront of its field with a wide range of productive collaborations and associations and substantial funding from Bloodwise and the Medical Research Council. You will be working with highly skilled colleagues and have excellent opportunities for learning and personal development. We are based in the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Warren at

Martin Dawes is responsible for the recruitment for this post and can be contacted at

Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 26 February 2018.

Please quote reference SB14511 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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