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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)


Design and optimisation of genetic devices for virus detection and signal amplification. Ajioka Lab, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, Central Cambridge.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate based in the laboratory of Dr Jim Ajioka at the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, they will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant (salary of £28,936) in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that they will be appointed as a Research Associate (salary of £31,604)upon successful completion of their PhD). The higher Research Associate salary should be backdated to the submission date of their thesis or start date whichever is the later.

The successful candidate will undertake a research project to design, construct and optimize genetic circuits to detect HIV and norovirus. The successful candidate will be expected to work within a team to produce prototype cell-free, in vitro biosensors.

The post-holder should be a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist that will work as part of an international team, with collaborators at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, University of Pretoria and CSIR, South Africa. The successful candidate will have a strong background in molecular biology or synthetic biology, including a PhD in a relevant area. Experience with 1) synthetic biology, molecular biology, microbial genetic manipulation and 2) genomics, or development of software, biological techniques or instrumentation hardware would be advantageous. Other duties/responsibilities are outlined in the Further Information document.

More information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Jim Ajioka (ja131@cam.ac.uk).

The position is available immediately, as a full-time position until 31st January 2021.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 January 2021 in the first instance.

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.

General queries should be directed to Irene Piper, jobs@path.cam.ac.uk or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK15215 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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