Research Associate in Molecular Virology
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral vacancy in molecular virology to join a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team studying the replication and gene expression strategies of RNA viruses. Our team has pioneered comparative genomic prediction, experimental validation, and characterisation of the physiological role of several novel proteins in different RNA viruses. This project - funded by an MRC grant - will focus on investigating a recently discovered novel protein expressed by human enteroviruses (Lulla et al, Nature Microbiology, 2019, 4:280-292). The project is a collaboration between the labs of Dr Valeria Lulla, Dr Andrew Firth ( and Dr Matthias Zilbauer at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Candidates should be highly motivated, have a PhD (or equivalent qualification) or expect to obtain one shortly, and have a track record of success in molecular virology and/or molecular biology research. A demonstrated ability to perform and publish high-quality research that is commensurate with their career stage is essential. Robust technical skills in cell culture and molecular biology techniques are also essential. Prior experience in organoid techniques, standard virological techniques, and fluorescence microscopy imaging, would be advantageous. Our laboratories employ a wide range of techniques, including cloning and mutagenesis, construction of recombinant viruses, cell and human intestinal organoid culture and infection assays, RNA/protein/organelle extraction and analysis, protein-protein and protein-RNA interaction assays, microscopy, high-throughput RNA-seq and ribosome profiling.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, they will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that they will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of their PhD). The higher Research Associate salary should be backdated to the submission date of their thesis.

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, and delivering occasional seminars as outlined in the Further Information Documents.

The closing date is 31 January 2021. The start date is flexible but ideally around or before 31 May 2021.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2023 in the first instance.

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.

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

Applicants should provide a CV, the filename of which should be "CV-followed by your name", including contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria. General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940. Specific queries may be directed to (Dr Lulla) or (Dr Firth).

Please quote reference PK25084 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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