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Research Assistant - Hannon lab (Fixed Term)

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 Research Assistant to join a team of scientists studying RNA-mediated chromatin silencing. Our group 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.

This role will be part of a team that uses molecular biology, biochemistry, high-throughput RNA and chromatin profiling methods as well as computational approaches in various models to understand the dynamics of chromatin organisation at the molecular level.  We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and competent individual with excellent laboratory skills in molecular biology or biochemistry.  A background in chromatin biology or epigenetics and some expertise with relevant genomics methods, especially ChIP-seq or CUT&RUN, are desirable.  Experience with tissue culture, protein expression and purification, molecular cloning, or bioinformatics is desirable.  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.

Applicants should have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (Biology, Biochemistry, Natural Sciences) as well as a reasonable amount of practical research experience.

For up-to-date information about the research group, including our most recent publications, please see our website at:  For informal queries regarding the post please contact Dr Ben Czech (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2023 in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Closing Date: 7th November 2021.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SW28471 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £27,116 to £31,406 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 7th November 2021
Job Ref: SW28471
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