Research Assistant in Molecular Biology and Molecular Diagnostics

University of Cambridge has an opening postdoctoral associate position in molecular biology. The initial contract for this position is 6 months and posible to extend. This position is closed on January 09, 2019.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge has partnered with the the Universiti Putra Malaysia and the University of Malaya to investigate the application of nucleic acid diagnostics in resource poor areas. A post-doctoral research assistant or research associate position is available with the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology team, University of Cambridge to join this collaboration on a short targeted project looking at the use of a newly designed nucleic acid polymerase in . The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge and will spend time in Malaysia on field trials. The project will be under the supervision of Prof. Lisa Hall (Cambridge).

The Collaboration involves the development of a nucleic acid diagnostic (pi-NAD) for febrile disease outbreaks to enable informed treatment and targeted antibiotic use. The Cambridge team have used synthetic biology to design new nucleic acid polymerases suitable for production in low resource areas. Building on the molecular biology, the project will develop a ‘production kit’ for transfer to Malaysia and establish polymerase production for a trial on malaria detection using the unique multifunctional polymerase, designed by the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology team, CEB.

The successful candidate will be expected to assume some organisational leadership in coordinating the project against tight deadlines (it must be completed in June 2019) through engagement with and integration of the teams working in Cambridge and Malaysia, driving the underpinning molecular technology, making key design decisions, and transferring the study to a key field trial with the Malaysian collaborators.

The duration of the contract is for a maximum of six months.

1.) A PhD degree (or about to be awarded a PhD) or research experience in a relevant discipline such as molecular biology, cell biology, biological sciences etc. with excellent skills in cloning and expression;

2.) Understanding of and ideally experience of nucleic acid amplification methods;

3.) An outstanding publication record or demonstration of excellent research potential;

5.) The ability to work as part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of researchers.

Further information about Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology can be found at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

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

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof Lisa Hall at


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