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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a highly motivated structural biologist to join a drug discovery team with Dr Wei Li and Prof Nick Morrell at Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge. The project is to study the mechanisms of endothelial BMP signalling pathway in cardiovascular diseases.

You will carry out structural and biochemical studies on BMP signalling complexes, generating hypotheses to test in signalling and functional assays using human primary endothelial cells. This is an exciting opportunity to apply structural biology in a translational drug discovery program. A previous program in the group has led to the establishment of a spin out company, Morphogen-IX (

Candidates should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) with a background in protein crystallography, protein biochemistry, including protein expression and purification.

Previous experience with cell signalling assays or protein-protein interactions would be highly desirable, though some training can be provided. Organisation skills and an ability to work both independently and in a team are all important.

Informal inquires can be sent to Dr Wei Li at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2020 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.

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 29th October 2017, with interviews yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference RC13441 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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