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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The Cambridge Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (CMDL) has been established for the development of new technologies including in relation to ctDNA (circulating tumour DNA) analysis using next generation sequencing. CMDL works closely with the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and it is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus adjacent to other world-class research laboratories and Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Within this role you will work closely with scientists and clinicians in the laboratory of Professor Caldas based at the Cambridge Institute, and also with European colleagues as part of the CancerID project (www. The Caldas group has carried out ground-breaking work on ctDNA in breast cancer (Dawson et. al., NEMJ 2013; Murtaza et. al., Nature 2013 and Nature Comm 2015).

We seek a highly motivated Research Associate to develop methodologies for profiling copy number alterations in liquid biopsies. CMDL aims to offer this new approach as a scientific service to enable patient monitoring and stratification for targeted therapy clinical trials. There will also be opportunities to develop new approaches for ctDNA profiling. This is an exciting opportunity to develop new biomarkers which could directly impact patient care. Experience with next-generation sequencing technology and analysis is required for the potential candidate.

The post is available immediately. See & for more information.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Marion Karniely at .

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. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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.

Closing date for applications is 9th April 2017 with an interview date yet to be confirmed.

Please quote reference RD11634 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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