Research Assistant/Associate in Medical Research
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

We are seeking two enthusiastic, motivated individuals for positions in the group of Prof. Mike Weekes, in Cambridge Institute for Medical Research at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. You will join an exciting research programme investigating critical host factors influencing the pathogenesis of Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV). These posts will involve the use of cutting edge biochemical and proteomic techniques to study how cellular targets of HCMV influence viral replication.

For appointment as a Research Associate, candidates must either have a PhD in a relevant biological subject, or be writing a PhD thesis. Candidates must also have demonstrable expertise in virology, cell biology and/or molecular biology. Additional training in proteomics will be provided. Relevant post-doctoral experience is desirable. High quality peer-reviewed publications and a keen interest in viral / cellular regulation are essential.

For appointment as a Research Assistant, the ideal candidate should have an MSc and laboratory experience in molecular biology, cell biology and/or virology. Additional training will be provided. We are particularly seeking someone who, in addition to their own research project will be able to oversee the general running of the lab and facilitate the work of the scientists within it. Core tasks will include but would not be limited to: assisting with experiments and training (e.g. cell and viral culture, molecular biology, preparation of proteomic samples and flow cytometry); placing orders and liaising with company reps to negotiate prices; maintenance and cataloguing of lab stocks (e.g. plasmids and cell lines); keeping risk assessments up to date; management of laboratory equipment.

If you have an excellent background in biological sciences, are prepared to face intellectual challenges and wish to develop your scientific skills, we would like to hear from you. Applicants should have outstanding organisation and communication skills, and work well as part of a team.

For recent related publications, see:

Nightingale et al. (2018) Cell Host & Microbe doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2018.07.011 Nobre et al. (2019) eLife: doi: 10.7554/eLife.49894 Fletcher-Etherington et al. (2020) PNAS: doi: 10.1073/pnas.2001887117

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance with a start date on or around 4th January 2022.

Research Assistant (Grade 5) £27,116 - £31,406
Research Associate (Grade 7) £33,309 - £40,927

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries to Prof Mike Weekes: mpw1001@cam.ac.uk .

Interviews: week commencing 6th December 2021.

Please quote reference SC28817 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.


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