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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a vacancy in bioinformatics at either pre-doctoral or post-doctoral level to join a multi-disciplinary team studying virus comparative genomics, gene expression, evolution, taxonomy, RNA structure and function, and virus discovery. The position will be based in the joint bioinformatic/experimental laboratory of Dr Andrew Firth in the University of Cambridge at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Further information about our lab's research may be found at

Applicants should have a good degree in bioinformatics or a related discipline, or equivalent experience. Applicants should have a sound knowledge of at least one programming language, familiarity with the linux operating system, experience in standard bioinformatic techniques and reference resources (particularly for RNA/DNA sequence analysis), and an interest in molecular biology. Previous experience of working with high-throughput RNA-Seq sequencing data would be a strong advantage, as would a theoretical knowledge of RNA viruses. Experience and knowledge of web development and software development are desirable.

The ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills, attention to detail, and an enthusiasm for scientific research, are required. The general duties/responsibilities of this post include supporting the lab's work, writing up work for presentation and publication, and assisting in the supervision of student research projects (if appointed as research assistant) and, additionally, developing and driving research objectives, and delivering occasional seminars (if appointed as research associate) as outlined in the Further Information Documents.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). Where the postholder does not hold a PhD (or equivalent experience), appointment will be at the research assistant level. The research assistant salary falls within the range £25,298 - £29,301. The research associate salary falls within the range £29,301 - £38,183.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

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.

Direct enquiries may be addressed to Dr Andrew Firth ( General enquiries to Irene Piper, or 01223 333940 .

Please quote reference PK10925 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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