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Research Associate (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 Research Associate to work with Professor Gordon Dougan on the new Antimicrobial Resistance Theme (AMR) of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. This new Theme reflects local strengths in basic and applied bacteriology, which will be harnessed to tackle the burden of antimicrobial resistant pathogens in the NHS.

The primary aim is to create a translational programme, applying the power of the genomic sciences, to curtail the impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on the treatment and well-being of patients in a clinical setting. We will develop genome-based tools for direct application on clinical samples to interrogate resistance in the microbe and the likely susceptibility of the patients receiving antibiotic treatment. This new theme will harness the considerable local expertise and comprehensive databases generated at CUH over recent years to tackle the problem of AMR in a clinical setting. The theme coordinates strengths in genomics and informatics with studies on host/pathogen interactions that underpin this project

Applicants must have a PhD degree (or equivalent) and experience in some form of bioinformatics analysis. The post holder will investigate the relationship between immune control in immunosuppressed transplant patients and mixed Human cytomegalovirus infections derived from the donor and/or recipient. The position requires excellent molecular virology skills and background knowledge of mechanisms of virus immune control. Experience de novo virus assembly and phylogenetics of Human Cytomegalovirus are essential. The post holder should have a strong background in molecular biology, including qPCR analysis, as well as knowledge of standard techniques of cellular immunology. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to other research projects as required.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 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.

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.

The closing date for applications is the 14th of July 2017 with interviews likely to be held 21st of July 2017.

Please quote reference RC12442 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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