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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine West Cambridge Site

Salary Research Associate: £30,175.00 - £38,183.00

Salary Research Assistant: £25,298.00 - £29,301.00

Limit of Tenure: 30 June 2019

Dr Mark Holmes and Dr Andrew Grant are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Associate or a Research Assistant. This position is part of large collaborative grant (involving the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh and the Roslin Institute) with the aim of elucidating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) gene transfer between pathogens and the gut microbiota in experimental animals and farmed pigs. This ambitious, multi-disciplinary project will harness cutting-edge chromosome conformation capture genome sequencing (meta3C and Hi-C) to investigate transfer of AMR genes within complex microbiomes and identify unculturable bacterial species that are involved in AMR spread. Dr Mark Holmes is the principle investigator of the grant with Dr Andrew Grant, Dr Olivier Restif, Dr Dan Tucker, Professor James Wood, Professor Duncan Maskell, Professor Mark Stevens and Professor Sharon Peacock as co-investigators. You will be part of a lab with many other infectious disease and AMR projects running alongside as part of a stimulating and highly productive research community.

The post holder will work closely with other research associates in the group working on this project.

The post holder will be required to undertake the bioinformatics and computational biology required for the project. You will be required to assist with the work of PhD students and undergraduate project students and help with sub-projects arising from the main research including the investigation of factors affecting antimicrobial resistance such as novel antimicrobial resistance genes.

Candidates must value teamwork, collaboration and possess good organisational and communication skills.

Research Associate The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Molecular Microbiology or a relevant discipline.

Research Assistant The ideal candidate will have a degree in Molecular Microbiology/Bioinformatics/Biological computing or a related discipline and must have good computing skills or bioinformatics ability.

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

For informal enquires please contact: Julie Ingham on

Closing date: 28 August 2017

Interviews will be held on 21 September 2017

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2019 in the first instance.

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

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