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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

A Parkinson's UK-funded position as a Research Assistant/Research Associate is available in the laboratory of Dr Heike Laman at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Pathology. We are seeking a highly motivated and talented post-doctoral research scientist to investigate the Parkinson's disease-associated E3 ubiquitin ligase Fbxo7/PARK15 and its role in neurodegeneration. The goal of this project is to investigate Fbxo7-regulated pathways and how their mis-regulation causes neuronal loss in the midbrain. To tackle these questions, a wide range of techniques will be used, including biochemical and cellular assays, stem cell technologies and in vivo modelling. Productive experience in at least one of the following areas would be highly advantageous: mitochondrial biology, mouse models of neurodegeneration, and ubiquitin biology.

Candidate requirements:

  • A PhD in the life sciences, plus at least one peer-reviewed first-author publication in a high quality journal.
  • Robust technical skills in biochemistry, cell biology, neurobiology, or animal models.
  • Strong background in at least one of the following fields is essential: i) ubiquitin biology; ii) mouse models of neurodegeneration; iii) mitochondrial biology.
  • Capable of working in a team, but able to plan and execute experiments independently.
  • Excellent English, written and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness to learn and develop new techniques.
  • Creativity and willingness to work with and teach others.

This three year position is available starting April 1, 2018 and is funded by Parkinson's UK. Salary from £25,728 to £38,833 depending on experience.

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

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.

Closing date for applications is 1st March 2018. Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Heike Laman (email: General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK14585 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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