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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Development of genetic experimental tools in marine parasite Perkinsus

Skill sets: Molecular biology, cell biology, transformation technologies, cell culture, bioinformatics.

A post-doctoral position is available to develop and extend transformation technologies in Perkinsus. This genus consists of several important pathogens of marine shellfish, and is also a close relative and evolutionary model for apicomplexan parasites and dinoflagellate algae. The project will develop and extend existing transformation systems in Perkinsus including using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome engineering. This project will be based in the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, Tennis Court Road, Central Cambridge and is a collaboration between Dr Ross Waller (University of Cambridge), Dr Sebastian Gornik (National University of Ireland Galway), Professor Arnab Pain (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia) and Professor Chris Howe (University of Cambridge). The project is also supported by a research assistant.

Candidates should have a PhD in molecular biology and have experience with eukaryotic transformation systems, preferably in eukaryotic algal or parasite systems. Experience with fluorescence microscopy and FACS will be an advantage, as well as a track record of publishing in high quality journals. Ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills are required.

The position is available from September 2017, and is funded for 2 years in the first instance.

Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Ross Waller (

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