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Research Associate (Neurobiologist) (Fixed Term)

The Alzheimer's Research UK Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute (DDI) (, part of the University of Cambridge CIMR Division of Translational Medicine, is seeking a Research Associate with experience in animal and cellular models of neurodegeneration to join its growing team based on the prestigious Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The Cambridge DDI is part of a network of world-class Drug Discovery Institutes, funded by Alzheimer's Research UK, forming the Alzheimer's Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance. The Cambridge DDI prosecutes drug discovery projects from target to in vivo proof of concept and beyond for novel targets in the neurodegeneration therapeutic area.

The successful candidate will join our target validation and tractability team and will hold, or be close to defending, a PhD in a related subject with neurobiology research experience. They will have a research background that involves working with rodents and possess skills related to in vivo animal and cell based models of neurodegenerative disease. We welcome applications from candidates with purely neurodegenerative disease experience, expertise in behavioural and cognitive tasks or who have prior experience in coordinating preclinical drug studies. Moreover, they will be required to illustrate the necessary expertise to develop and execute a range of functional assays in cells, including neuronal models, to identify and validate novel targets/mechanisms of potential therapeutic value.

The successful candidate will work with chemists and other biologists in a stimulating and collaborative environment with opportunities for training and development. They will be expected to provide experimental and intellectual input across a range of drug discovery and target validation projects and as the institute develops may be expected to supervise junior staff.

The candidate is expected to be organised, self-motivated, flexible, eager to identify and implement improvements to protocols and processes, and to be a team player. Organisation, time management and record-keeping skills and interpersonal and communication skills are also expected.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

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: 2nd April 2018

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SA14930 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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