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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the full-time position of Research Associate to join the group of Dr Simon Mendez-Ferrer based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge.

Dr Simon Mendez-Ferrer's research is focused on the regulation of the haematopoietic stem-cell niche in health and disease. Blood stem cells reside in specialised niches that allow them to self-renew, proliferate, differentiate and migrate according to the organism's requirements. The group studies multisystem regulatory mechanisms by which the haematopoietic stem cell niche fulfils these complex functions and how the deregulation of these mechanisms contributes to haematological disorders.

The group has demonstrated that the brain regulates a peripheral stem cell niche in the bone marrow ( partly through sympathetic innervation of nestin+ niche cells (, Damage to this regulatory network contributes to the progression of certain blood disorders, such as myeloproliferative neoplasms (

The roleholder should demonstrate research laboratory experience in areas that match the interests of our group. Significant experience in haematopoietic stem cell and mesenchymal stem cell research is essential. Previous experience working in the interphase between the nervous and haematopoietic systems, and/or in the role of the bone marrow microenvironment in myeloproliferative disorders, will be positively valued.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant related subject.

Chris Caulfield is responsible for the recruitment for this post and can be contacted at For all informal enquiries please contact Simon Mendez-Ferrer at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

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

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 23rd August 2017, with interview dates yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference RB13060 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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