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Research Assistant (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 Assistant 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 degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences and experience in using high-throughput systems for biological analysis. The post holder will support investigations into phenotypic and genomic analyses on bacteria.

The position requires laboratory skills and background knowledge of bioinformatics and handling large datasets. In addition, the post holder should have a strong background in molecular biology, including qPCR analysis, as well as knowledge of standard techniques of cellular biology. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to other research projects as required

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2021 in the first instance.

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.

Closing date for applications is the 27th July 2017, with interviews yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference RC12764 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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