Research Associate in Cell Biology/Neuroscience
University of Cambridge Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
United Kingdom

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and committed post-doctoral scientist to join a vibrant team investigating the cell biology of a group of neurological conditions called hereditary spastic paraplegias. This project is based in the group of Professor Evan Reid at Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and is funded for 3 years in the first instance.

The project aims to understand the functions of hereditary spastic paraplegia proteins in the molecular pathogenesis of axonal degeneration. The work will be at the interface between cell biology (especially membrane traffic) and molecular neuroscience, and will begin with functional genomic synthetic lethality screens using iPSC-derived neuronal models of HSP. The lab employs an integrated approach that combines state of the art cell biology, biochemistry, proteomics, functional genomics and stem cell-derived neuronal modeling. We aim to produce high quality research that impacts our field and stands the test of time. Cambridge Institute for Medical Research is a centre of excellence that has a strong focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms of disease, with the aim of translating basic discoveries to clinically meaningful therapies. It is known for its positive research culture.

Candidates must have experience in molecular cell biology or molecular neuroscience, and will by the time of appointment have a PhD in a relevant biological, biochemical or biomedical science, with additional post-doctoral experience being highly desirable. They will have either published or have in preparation at least one first author primary peer-reviewed research article that will make an impact in their field. A background in functional genomic screening and/or membrane traffic would be highly advantageous and experience in one or more of the following desirable; CRISPR-Cas genome editing, stem cell culture and neuronal differentiation, fixed or live cell immunofluorescence microscopy (especially super-resolution), lentiviral delivery of RNA or DNA to cultured cells.

Applicants will be expected to work closely within a highly interactive group, to have a friendly and collegiate outlook, to have good written and verbal communications skills, to be well-organised and have the ability to work calmly to meet deadlines. They may be expected to supervise the practical work of a PhD student. We anticipate that the work of this post will be supported by a graduate Research Assistant and the post-holder will help manage and supervise this Research Assistant.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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

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