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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Pathology, Central Cambridge

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £29,605 to £33,966 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 31st January 2024
Closes: 28th February 2024
Job Ref: PK40293

The University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a highly motivated Research Assistant to join the group of Dr Rahul Roychoudhuri at the Department of Pathology and assist in the running of a well-funded research lab of approximately 8-10 scientists.

The laboratory aims to better understand how immune function is dysregulated in cancer and inflammatory diseases using cutting-edge mouse models and cellular and molecular biology approaches. Our aim is to inform development of new immune-based therapies for patients with cancer and inflammatory disease.

You will be expected to oversee and provide technical support to the laboratory, alongside the group leader, and will contribute to laboratory management and general laboratory duties. You will be responsible for overall management of the laboratory's animal research programme, which includes managing the laboratory's transgenic mouse colonies using a fully implemented electronic colony management system, liaising with animal technicians, coordinating commercial genotyping of transgenic mice and directly assisting with in vivo experiments. You will closely interact with other researchers within and outside the lab and be involved in the design and implementation of experiments and development of new techniques and research areas. You will also be involved in assisting the group leader with specific administrative and laboratory management tasks and opportunities are available to develop in this role over the longer term.

Applicants must have a degree in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or a related discipline and experience of mouse research, including working with experimental mice, administration of substances and tissue dissection. You will join a young and dynamic group, whose core values include enthusiasm, openness and integrity.

Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute to  the day-to-day running of the laboratory, including managing the laboratory's mouse colonies in communication with dedicated animal technicians. Assistance with design and implementation of mouse immunology experiments.
  • Overseeing and providing technical and administrative support to the lab, alongside the group leader. Conducting experiments that lead to development of new techniques and research areas. Contributing to supervision and training of other lab members.
  • Interacting closely with other researchers within and outside the lab and participating actively in development of research questions, experimental design and troubleshooting.

Essential criteria:

  • Independent, motivated and highly organized individual, who is passionate about science and keen to support the day-to-day coordination of a collaborative team of scientists.
  • Applicants must have a degree in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or a related discipline.
  • Experience of mouse research, including working with experimental mice, administration of substances and tissue dissection. Ability to learn and assimilate new techniques, and to train other researchers.
  • Demonstrate core values of team working, enthusiasm, openness and integrity.

Desirable criteria:

  • Interest in and aptitude of laboratory management and administration with the potential to develop in this role over the longer term.
  • Ability to perform, or eagerness to learn, mouse intravenous tail vein and other injections to assist new group members.
  • Good computing and data management skills.

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

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

For more information about the work of the laboratory, visit: http://roychoudhuri.path.cam.ac.uk

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

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