Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Europe's top cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, has combined with the University of Cambridge to fund the world class Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, situated on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus in Cambridge. 

As part of the University Of Cambridge School Of Clinical Medicine, the Institute's research ranges from basic cancer biology through translational cancer research to clinical application. The Institute currently houses over 400 researchers and support staff with 22 research groups. It provides a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment in cancer research, with state of the art facilities and core scientific resources, and good links with the scientific community of Cambridge.

The main focus of the Gilbertson group is to understand the cellular and molecular origins of childhood brain tumours and the pathways that drive them. A Research Associate position is now available for a highly talented and motivated individual interested in studying childhood medulloblastomas and the cellular and molecular drivers of this disease. The selected candidate will play a pivotal role in identifying a comprehensive set of therapeutic treatments by utilising the novel models developed by the group. Additionally, they will be involved in conducting accurate preclinical trials of new treatments that combine neurosurgical, radiation and chemotherapeutic approaches.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a cancer biology or similar field, be able to work independently and interact well in a multi-disciplinary team environment. The candidate must have expertise in molecular biology, cell culture and animal models. Experience in drug screening and pre-clinical animal modelling is desirable. Applicants who wish to be considered for this position must display an ability to undertake project management, method development, data collection and analysis.

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 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 and a security check.

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.

The closing date is 7th May 2018, with the interview date to be confirmed.

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.

Please quote reference SW15256 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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