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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 and associated core facilities in a state-of-the-art research facility.

The Narita laboratory at the CRUK Cambridge Institute is seeking to hire a postdoc research fellow. You will lead a project that dissects age-associated (epi) genomic alterations using our novel age-reversal mouse models (see bioRxiv 528984).

You will work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative environment, collaborating with experts in low-input/single cell epigenomic technologies (Dr. Yasu Ohkawa, Kyusyu Uni; Dr. Hiroshi Kimura, Tokyo tech: see Nat Cell Biol. 2019 PMID: 30532068). You will also work closely with computational biologists at the CRUK CI.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline. Research experience with sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

Experience of successfully conducting and publishing high quality research is required. Superb communication skills are a must. Previous experience in epigenomics (e.g. ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, RNA-seq, etc) is critical.

Previous experience in ageing or another relevant discipline would be desirable but not essential. Applicants will continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 13 February 2022 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 28 March 2019, with the interview date TBC.

Please send applications in the following format: a CV, including full details of previous training and research experience to date; a publication record if available; the names and email details of two academic referees (one of which must be your most recent line manager); a covering letter explaining why you want to join our team and what you will bring to the project.

Informal enquiries may be made to

Please quote reference SW18305 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.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th March 2019
Closes: 28th March 2019
Job Ref: SW18305
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