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Research Assistant/Associate - Mechanisms Underlying Bacterial Infection In Respiratory Diseases

Research Assistant £25,298.00 - £29,301.00

Research Associate £30,175.00 - £38,183.00

A Research Assistant/Research Associate position, funded by a University of Cambridge / GSK Varsity grant, is available for a talented and ambitious researcher to study respiratory bacterial infection using novel multidisciplinary approaches, in collaboration with a project steering team made up of Professor Clare Bryant and Dr Pietro Cicuta (Cambridge) and members of the Refractory Respiratory Inflammation Discovery Performance Unit led by Edith Hessel (GSK) which includes Dr John Wright.

This challenging and exciting role will involve studying the factors that are important for bacterial adhesion to respiratory epithelium. The project will utilise libraries of bacterial mutants and epithelial cells lacking candidate genes in novel bacterial adhesion assays developed with Pietro Cicuta in the Department of Physics. The role will involve working closely with a Research Associate in Physics to develop the new in vitro assays required for the project, and will primarily be based in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, but will involve important collaborative work in the Department of Physics and GSK.

The candidate will ideally be experienced in a wide range of infection and molecular techniques, and will need to be highly driven and adaptable to new scientific challenges. Since the post holder will be responsible for driving this project and for liaising with other members of the research team, they should also be able to work independently, accurately judge priorities, and have excellent organisational and communication skills. The successful individual will be expected to share progress and findings with the project steering team and in return, will benefit from their support and expert advice.

Essential Criteria

PhD (or have submitted a PhD) in a relevant subject area (e.g. bacterial genetics, molecular biology, cell biology).

A good understanding of bacterial cell biology

Experience of bacterial genetics to make mutants and mutant libraries

Research experience in a wide range of infection and molecular techniques

Critical thinking and problem solving skills

A full detailed description of the key responsibilities is available in the further particulars file.

Where a PhD award is pending (e.g, the thesis has been submitted but has not yet been examined), an appointment will be made as a Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded.

For informal enquires please contact: Natalie Wills

Further particulars for the role and information about the Department

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months 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.

Closing date for applications 9 July 2017

Interviews will be held on 21 July 2017

Please quote reference PP12500 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Further information

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