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Research Associate - Assay Development and Screening Scientist (Fixed Term)

The Alzheimer's Research UK Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute (DDI) part of the University of Cambridge CIMR Division of Translational Medicine ( is seeking a biologist with experience of screening and assay development to join its growing team.

The Cambridge DDI is part of a network of world-class Drug Discovery Institutes, funded by Alzheimer's Research UK, forming the Alzheimer's Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance. The Cambridge DDI will prosecute drug discovery projects from target to in vivo proof of concept and beyond for novel targets in the neurodegeneration therapeutic area.

The successful candidate will execute assay development and screening for our growing portfolio of small molecule drug discovery projects. Reporting to the Screening Technologies Team Leader, the successful candidate will have experience in the development of automated, plate-based screening assays and will be expected to develop and execute a variety of biochemical and cell-based assays, aimed at screening for hits, determining structure-activity relationships and supporting the elucidation of the mechanism of action of active compounds. The candidate is expected to be highly organized, self-motivated, flexible, eager to identify and implement improvements to protocols and processes, and to be a strong team player.

The successful applicant will have a BSc. or Masters Degree in a relevant subject and a PhD in a relevant subject or equivalent. Up-to-date, hands-on experience in compound screening and statistical evaluation of data sets is required. It would also be advantageous to have experience of high content imaging, automation, work with iPSCs and/or phenotypic deconvolution. Proficiency in data analysis using relevant software (MS-Excel, Prism, Dotmatics, etc.), excellent organization, time management and record-keeping skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills are also expected.

Specific enquiries about the post may be addressed to John Skidmore (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2020 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 Thursday 30th March 2017 with interviews yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference SA11578 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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