Research Assistant in Cancer Detection in Biochemistry at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is delighted to offer a postdoctoral associate position in biochemistry. Candidates are welcome before April 30, 2020.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30th September 2021 in the first instance.

A position exists for a Research Assistant in Prof. Cowburn’s Group for a Rosetree’s Trust funded project to develop a magnetic-microparticle technology for screening and early detection of renal cell cancer.

The role’s aim is to conduct and optimise immunoassays on large sample sets of patient derived urine samples to evaluate the presence/absence of biomarkers indicative of renal cell cancer. The immunoassays are done using novel magnetic microparticle technology, where the candidate will receive a full introduction. The immunoassays for the specific biomarkers have been developed and tested on patient samples with extremely severe renal cell cancer, including control samples. The role will expand patient sample sets (across the disease’s many stages) on which tests are conducted to evaluate its relevance as a potential clinical diagnostic screening tool.

The successful candidate will have a good degree (2.1 or equivalent) in biological sciences or a cognate discipline (with a proven track-record in scientific investigation from conception through to publication stage). The candidate will have a strong background in running bioassays, ideally antibody based immunoassays; working with nanoparticle systems in biological contexts, including a good understanding of biochemistry (biochemistry scholarships) of biofunctionalization and surface modifications, used in biomolecules immobilization to a surface would be beneficial. A strong background in tissue culture practices for sample processing in this project, including being proactive in broader lab management of activities in biological focussed projects would be beneficial. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in any academic/industrial research focussed on running bioassays on large sample sets, or involvement in using nanoparticle systems in biological applications, ideally demonstrated by publications in major journals. Report writing abilities, presenting results, contributing to academic papers, high accuracy levels, attention to detail, experience of managing own workload, able to work well within academic team environments, including contributing to the main project but also providing insight and support to tangential laboratory work will be beneficial

The post holder will be located at the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2020.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and a publications list 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 in your application. Applicants will need to provide details of two academic referees, who we can contact. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr Tarun Vemulkar ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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