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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)


Applications are invited for a Postgraduate Research Assistant at the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, UK. The lab is interested in developing our understanding of the role of immune cells in placenta development and homeostasis, in both health and disease. The position is available to start as soon as possible from December 2017 onwards for a period of 3 years.

The work will involve human placenta processing to isolate and characterize cells of interest, in particular macrophages. The candidate will become familiar with a number of modern technologies including mass cytometry, multi-parameter flow cytometry and immuno-fluorescent microscopy. The candidate will help out with other projects where necessary. Other important responsibilities include ordering and upkeep of lab reagents/equipment and other lab house keeping and administrative tasks.

Candidates should be highly motivated, conscientious, able to work independently and on own initiative. Good organizational, verbal and interpersonal skills are essential. You are highly encouraged to participate in scientific discussions and data analysis. Other duties are outlined in the Further Information document.

Requirements: - The candidate must be willing to work with human tissue samples. - The candidate must be able to work flexible hours as human sample availability and experiments require. - An Honors degree in Life Sciences, biology, biochemistry or other bio-medical sciences related field - Committed and motivated - Experience with literature research, designing planning and carrying out experiments and data analysis. - Able to work with and communicate effectively with others. - Able to plan tasks independently - Experience with cell biology - Good organization skills

Other useful skills: - Flow cytometry experience

Applicants should submit a brief cover letter, full CV and contact details of two professional referees.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years 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.

The closing date for applications is 24 November 2017. Interviews will be arranged after this deadline. General enquiries regarding this position should be directed to Irene Piper, jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK13769 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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