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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

A position has arisen for a Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr Richard Hayward within the Department's Division of Microbiology & Parasitology based in central Cambridge.

The successful candidate will join the laboratory working on a project to examine the intracellular biology of the obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and its interactions with eukaryotic host cells, with particular emphasis on the structure and function of the bacterial type III secretion system.

Candidates should have or shortly expect to have a PhD and a track record of success in biochemistry, cell biology and/or bioimaging techniques. Experience in working at Biosafety Level 2 would be advantageous as would a background in microbial pathogenesis or prior experience working with Chlamydia or related intracellular organisms.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD). The higher Research Associate salary should be backdated to the thesis submission date of the start date, whichever is the later.

The ability to work both independently and as part of a team, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills are required. Other duties/responsibilities as outlined in the Further Information documents include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, assisting in the supervision of student research projects.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.

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.

Applications should include a CV and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

The deadline for applications is 7th January 2018. Interviews will be held week commencing 29th January 2018. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr R Hayward ( General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK14270 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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