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Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) and the University of Cambridge. It is based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which combines on a single site scientific research in world-class institutes, patient care in NHS hospitals, and drug discovery in pharmaceutical companies.

Applications are invited for the post of part-time Research Associate to work with Dr Charlotte Summers and Dr Mark Toshner on the new Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disease theme of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. The primary aim of this post is to support the expansion of translational research in this area, applying the power of the multi-omics and cell phenotyping, to curtail the impact of cardiorespiratory disease on the treatment and well-being of patients in a clinical setting.

The successful applicant will possess a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a biological science-related subject, have "hands-on" experience of sample processing including RNA/DNA extraction and flow cytometry, be an excellent communicator (written and verbal) with good team working skills. The successful candidate will be responsible for processing clinical samples for analysis (e.g. preparing materials for genomic analyses including metabolomics, RNA-seq, proteomics analysis), undertaking some sample analysis (e.g. cell phenotyping using flow cytometry), and curating sample and data collections to ensure the potential of these valuable resources are maximised.

A full description of the role is available in the Further Particulars document, and Dr Summers can be contacted via for additional information regarding this role. We are ideally seeking a candidate prepared to work 5 hours a day, Monday to Friday, but we are willing to consider other part-time working arrangements, including term-time only working, for the right candidate.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2020 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 30th April 2017 with an interview date to be confirmed.

Please quote reference RC11855 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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