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Research Assistant/Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge wishes to appoint two postdoctoral scientists to join the laboratory of Professor Anne Willis at the MRC Toxicology Unit as part of an exciting new academic alliance between UK-based RNA biologists and CRUK's Therapeutic Discovery laboratories. The aim of this alliance is to develop novel cancer therapies that target the translational control apparatus.
These posts are funded by Celgene for three years.

The project will involve working closely with other participating academic laboratories, namely the Beatson Institute in Glasgow, the Babraham Institute in Cambridge and the Department of Oncology, Oxford. Protein target validation and assay development will be carried out in the academic centres, whereas drug development will be conducted at the Beatson Drug Discovery Unit and the CRUK Therapeutic Discovery laboratories. Successful agents will enter clinical evaluation in Oxford's Early Phase Trials Unit, one of the largest centres for clinical drug development in the UK.

These positions provide a novel opportunity to be involved in a translational project. You will be working with clinicians and technicians to explore biology of targets, identify relevant patient populations that will derive benefit, and assist in the early stages of biomarker development.

The Willis laboratory has long-established track-record of expertise in translational control research in cancer.

The MRC Toxicology Unit is an internationally renowned institution focussed on the delivery of field-changing mechanistic insights into toxicology and disease. The Unit is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and offers excellent opportunities for postdoctoral development. The Unit is currently located at the University of Leicester and will relocate to Cambridge in 2020.

Applicants must have (or be in the final stages of receiving) a PhD in Biochemistry, Cell/Molecular biology. Research experience of protein synthesis control and RNA biology is essential, as is a demonstrated ability to publish high quality research in a peer reviewed journal. The ability to work both independently and as part of a team, together with excellent communication and problem solving skills are required.

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

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