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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a vacancy in Viral Immunology at either post-doctoral or pre-doctoral level to join a multi-disciplinary team studying virus gene expression and virus host interaction. The successful candidate will join the laboratory of Dr Trevor Sweeney in the Division of Virology based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, starting from 1st June 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The lab uses multi-disciplinary approaches to understand how viral proteins are synthesised using non-canonical mechanisms enabling viruses to efficiently compete with cellular mRNA. We also examine how the cell targets viral protein translation to try and restrict spread.

Further information about the team and the lab's research may be found at

Applicants should have a good degree in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or a closely related field. The ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills, and an enthusiasm for scientific research, are required. The general duties/responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, supporting the lab's work, writing up work for presentation and publication, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering occasional seminars as outlined in the Further Information Documents.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). Where the post holder does not hold a PhD (or equivalent experience), appointment will be at the research assistant level. The research assistant salary falls within the range £25,298 - £29,301. The research associate salary falls within the range £30,175 - £38,183.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years 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.

General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK11876 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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