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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 11 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral research associate or research assistant starting as soon as possible. The successful candidate will work on a project called "Creating a toolkit of self-assembling proteins as components for synthetic biology" run jointly by the University of Cambridge (Department of Pharmacology) & Queen Mary, University of London (School of Biological & Chemical Sciences) (QMUL).

The project will investigate the development of novel self-assembly systems using the highly abundant tandem-repeat proteins (also known as solenoid proteins).The work will involve protein design, recombinant protein production, nanoparticle engineering and evaluation of nanostructures produced using a range of biophysical techniques. Applicants should have a first degree or PhD in an area relevant to the project. The key duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: developing research objectives and conducting the research project, writing up research work for presentation and publication, continually updating knowledge and understanding in the research field, translating knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity, managing own research and administrative activities.

The role holder will be based in Central Cambridge, but it is envisioned that they will make regular visits to QMUL. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Laura Itzhaki (see: and Dr Ewan Main (see:

The funds for this post are available for 11 months. The salary range if appointed as a Research Associate is £29,301 - £38,183 per annum and the salary range if appointed as Research Assistant is £25,298 - £29,301 per annum with promotion to Research Associate on attainment of PhD if applicable.

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.

Applications from agencies will not be considered. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Laura Itzhaki (

The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in science subjects. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender but, as women are currently under-represented at this level in our department, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted and it is anticipated that interviews will take place early-May 2017.

Please quote reference PL11765 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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