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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant within the Cambridge University division of a major EC Horizon 2020 project investigating the ageing immune response.

An integrated approach to dissect determinants, risk factors and pathways of ageing of the immune system

The project is part of a collaborative EC grant performing a series of staged analyses on samples from healthy ageing individuals. Age-related immune dysfunction is an increasing problem due to our ageing population and is manifest as a profound reduction in responsiveness to vaccination or infection and a concurrent increase in the prevalence of autoimmune disease. Analyses to be performed include serum autoantibody profiling, T and B cell receptor repertoire profiling, virome sequencing and pathogen response serological profiling. We will use information from these analyses to inform functional studies of immune ageing and to develop tests or, ultimately, treatments that allow us to prevent the damaging health consequences of immune senescence.

The successful applicant will be primarily based in the University of Cambridge, Department of Medicine working as part of a team of researchers involved in the project. There is a minimum requirement of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in biological science with appropriate experience in a molecular biology laboratory environment (or equivalent qualification and/or experience). Familiarity with data processing and analysis including basic bioinformatics is preferred but not essential.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Professor Ken Smith, or Dr Eoin McKinney

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 1 May 2019 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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 RC11857 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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