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Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is delighted to offer a postdoctoral researcher position. This fellowship is last for 3 years and posible to extend. The deadline to apply is October 24, 2018.

We are looking for a full-time Research Assistant to join the group of Dr. Smon Mndez-Ferrer (http://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/researchers/principal-investigators/dr-Smon-mendezferrer) at the University of Cambridge Department of Haematology based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The Mndez-Ferrer laboratory research is focused on the regulation of the haematopoietic stem-cell niche in health and disease. Blood stem cells reside in specialised niches that allow them to self-renew, proliferate, differentiate and migrate according to the organism’s requirements. The group studies multisystem regulatory mechanisms by which the haematopoietic stem cell niche fulfils these complex functions and how the deregulation of these mechanisms contributes to haematological disorders. The group has demonstrated that the brain regulates a peripheral stem cell niche in the bone marrow (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18256599) partly through sympathetic innervation of nestin+ niche cells (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20703299) Damage to this regulatory network, is required for the manifestation of certain blood disorders, such as myeloproliferative neoplasms. Neuroendocrine regulation of bone marrow stem cells by adrenergic signals or by sex hormones (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25479752) could potentially offer novel therapeutic approaches.

Previous experience working within the research focus of the lab would be advantageous. The ability to work independently and as part of a team, and good communication, organisational and problem solving skills are essential.

Once appointed, the post holder will support the research team by providing technical assistance in the research projects, training and supervising students. The research assistant will also be in charge of general lab management, including ordering and maintaining lab supplies and stocks, maintaining and updating protocols and reagent databases, and interacting with other laboratories.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be addressed to Smon Mndez-Ferrer: sm2116@cam.ac.uk

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.

The closing date is 24 October 2018, with interviews the week commencing 29 October 2018.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.


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