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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant / Research Associate - Bioinformatician position funded by Bloodwise UK, starting as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will develop and implement bioinformatic tools to analyze next generation sequencing (exome, targeted resequencing, CHIP-Seq) and gene expression profiling data from lymphoma in the research laboratory of Professor Ming-Qing Du based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus within Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Applicants should have a MSc in a relevant subject or PhD, or expect to obtain a PhD shortly, an excellent knowledge of a programming or scripting language, and significant experience in bioinformatic analyses, ideally in next generation sequencing data analyses. The post-holder will work closely with other bioinformaticians in the Biomedical Research Centre, should be highly motivated, and have the ability to plan and conduct high quality bioinformatic analyses within a multidisciplinary team.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be appointed as a Research Assistant, salary range of £25,728 to £29,799 on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate, salary range £31,604 to £38,833, upon successful completion of his/her PhD.

Research Assistant possible duties/responsibilities include undertaking basic research and provide administrative support to colleagues; conduct and record the outcome of experiments and field work; analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas based on outcomes; conduct literature and database searches; write up results of own research; contribute to the production of research reports and publications; present information on research progress and outcomes to internal and external contacts.

Research Associate possible duties include developing research objectives and proposals for own or joint research; conduct individual and collaborative research projects; write up research work for presentation and publication; assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies; plan the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate; may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to own research area.

The general duties/responsibilities which may be required for this post at either Research Assistant or Research Associate level are outlined in the Further Information Documents.

Further information about the research group can be found at the group's website (

Informal enquires may be made to Professor Ming-Qing Du (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 August 2019 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.

Any queries regarding this position should be directed to Irene Piper or 01223 333940

Please quote reference PK15382 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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