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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Pathology

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th February 2024
Closes: 11th March 2024
Job Ref: PK40570

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Irigoyen Group in the Division of Virology at the University of Cambridge, working on cutting-edge science in Neuroscience and Virology. 

About the Irigoyen Group

(https://www.path.cam.ac.uk/research/virology-division/irigoyen-group):

Dr Nerea Irigoyen's research group aims to understand how the Zika virus lineages induce neuropathogenesis and neurotropism to answer which cellular pathways drive virus-induced pathogenesis, how host responses differ between different lineages and how these differences are linked to viral genetics. 

The role:

The postdoctoral research associate will work on a Wellcome Trust-funded project that, in a comprehensive approach, will compare viral replication, viral gene expression, and host responses in a series of tractable models selected to reproduce the in vivo development of the human brain, including cerebral organoids in collaboration with Prof. Rangnhildur Thóra Káradottir and Dr Andras Lakatos. The post holder will combine RNA sequencing and ribosome profiling methods established in the Irigoyen lab to measure virus and host responses.

We also offer the opportunity to learn new skills for personal and professional development. 

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should have a PhD in Neuroscience and/or Molecular Biology. Robust technical skills in stem cell culture, molecular biology and biochemistry are essential. Previous experience in virology, organotypic slice cultures, fluorescence microscopy, CRISPR-Cas9 or RNA-Seq is also desired. Please outline your experience in these areas in your cover letter. 

Candidates should demonstrate an ability to perform and publish high-quality research that is commensurate with their career stage. The ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem-solving skills, are required. The duties/responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, preparing research results for presentation/publication, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, delivering occasional seminars, acquiring new skills, keeping up with the scientific literature, using established procedures and developing new approaches, and maintaining accurate records of experiments and reagents.

Fixed-term: the funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance. Required visa costs will be covered .

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.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please click on the apply button above.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Dr Nerea Irigoyen (ni236@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PK40570 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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