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Research Assistant in Mechanisms of Metabolic Disease, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (Fixed Term)

We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant for a position funded by the Botnar Fondation to join an internationally recognised group working in obesity headed by Professor Sadaf Farooqi. Our aim is to understand the genetic and molecular basis of obesity and diabetes (Wheeler et al. Nature Genetics 2013; Pearce et al. Cell 2013; Your work will have important implications for the clinical management of patients, including the development of better patient stratification and the identification of novel therapeutic targets.

You will be based in the Institute of Metabolic Science, where you will work within a vibrant, interdisciplinary research team. This post involves work in the laboratory where the successful applicant will contribute to genetic and molecular studies. The role also involves research co-ordination to include the recruitment of patients and volunteers into research studies with involvement in the extraction, checking and recording of data.

You should have a degree in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology or closely related field. You will be required to enter and handle a range of data and will also support the running of the laboratory. Given the nature of the role which provides training in both laboratory and clinical research, excellent IT and organisational skills are essential.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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.


Informal enquiries can be made to Naomi Clark, Metabolic Research Laboratories, Level 4, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Box 289 Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ. Email:

Please quote reference RG14805 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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