Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is delighted to offer a postdoctoral associate position in immunology. The initial contract for this position is 36 months and posible to extend. Applications should be sent before November 04, 2018.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position working within the laboratory of Dr Brian Ferguson in collaboration with Professor Clare Bryant. The post is funded by the BBSRC and is based at Department of Pathology in central Cambridge.

The successful candidate will undertake a research project in innate immunity, specifically investigating the molecular mechanisms of intracellular nucleic acid sensing during DNA virus infection in avian and mammalian species. A further research assistant position on the same project will shortly be available in the laboratory of Clare Bryant.

Candidates should have a PhD, or expect to obtain one shortly, and a track record of success in virology and/or immunology research. Relevant experience in innate immunity, DNA viruses or comparative immunology is desirable.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post, salary range of 25,728 to 29,799 (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate, salary range 31,604 to 38,833, upon successful completion of his/her PhD). The higher Research Associate salary should be backdated to the submission date of their thesis.

The ability to work both independently and as part of a team, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are required.

Research Assistant possible duties/responsibilities include undertaking basic research and provide administrative support to colleagues; conduct and record the outcome of experiments and field work; analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas based on outcomes; conduct literature and database searches; write up results of own research; contribute to the production of research reports and publications; present information on research progress and outcomes to internal and external contacts.

Research Associate possible duties include developing research objectives and proposals for own or joint research; conduct individual and collaborative research projects; write up research work for presentation and publication; assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies; plan the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate; may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to own research area.

The general duties/responsibilities which may be required for this post at either Research Assistant or Research Associate level are outlined in the Further Information Documents.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

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

General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940


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