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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Associate funded as part of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre to provide bioinformatics and biostatistics analysis of immunological data for research studies in psychiatry.

The Department has several research projects ongoing that are collecting detailed immunological measurements including multiplex proteomics, flow cytometry and RNA transcripts on blood and cerebrospinal fluid from patients with depression, psychosis and other mental health disorders. This innovative and inter-disciplinary work is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council with support from partners in the pharmaceutical industry. This role is designed to provide technical expertise and leadership in analysis of these large and complex datasets, and to originate new analytic tools as appropriate, to understand the links between the immune system, brain function and behaviour.

The post will be based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, reporting to Professor Ed Bullmore (Psychiatry), and will also be embedded in the specialist bioinformatics research group of Dr Leonardo Bottolo, in the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge and the Alan Turing Institute, with close links to Professor Sylvia Richardson and colleagues in the MRC Biostatistics Unit.

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in bioinformatics or biostatistics. Specialist knowledge and prior experience of using bioinformatics tools for analysis of immunological datasets would be advantageous.

The post will be appointed at the appropriate point on the University of Cambridge's research associate salary scale, depending on the seniority of the successful candidate.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Mrs Karen Gipp (

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

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.

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.

The closing date for applications is Friday 31st March 2017 with interviews to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference RN11319 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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