Research associate in Biology
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral scientist to join the lab of Dr Emma Rawlins.

The Rawlins lab studies lung development and lung stem cells with a particular focus on using human models to study cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling development and repair. We have recently developed a series of innovative human lung organoid models and accompanying CRISPR tools which will further enable the study of human lung development and disease.

This position is part of a Wellcome-funded highly collaborative UK-based project: the Human Developmental Biology Initiative ( The HDBI aims to develop enabling technology for the study of human development with a focus on lineage-analysis. The HDBI benefits from the UK's well-established system for collecting and distributing human foetal tissue for research, the MRC/Wellcome Human Developmental Biology Resource ( The specific project will focus on cell lineage analysis in the context of morphogenesis in the developing human lung and relies on a physiologically-mimetic culture system recently developed by the lab. There will be excellent scope for innovation and direction-setting, focusing on the overall aim of understanding lung morphogenesis. We would be particularly interested in hearing from applicants with expertise in live-imaging, image-analysis, quantitative analysis, or physical/mechanobiology.

You should be passionate about developmental/stem cell biology, be willing to tackle difficult problems and be able to develop novel experimental approaches to answer outstanding questions. While prior experience with microscopy, image analysis, or mechanobiology approaches would be advantageous, an eagerness to learn and to exploit and develop innovative methods is the critical requirement. You will play a key role in a highly collaborative research programme, so a friendly and collegial attitude is essential.

You should have a PhD in a relevant subject, or be close to completion of your degree.

The salary range if appointed as a Research Associate is Grade 7 £35,308-£43,155 per annum, and the salary range if appointed as Research Assistant is Grade 5 £32,411 per annum with promotion to Research Associate on attainment of PhD.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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Please quote reference PR37718 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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