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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr Catherine Merrick, working on an MRC-funded project to study the roles of G-quadruplex nucleic acid structures and the helicases that unwind them in Plasmodium falciparum. Dr Merrick's research group is currently based at Keele University and will relocate to Central Cambridge at the end of May 2018. The post will be available in Central Cambridge from June 2018.

The project will involve a range of cutting-edge 'omic-level techniques, together with molecular genetics and cell biology, and will be supported by a dedicated technician. Dr Merrick's recent work has suggested that G-quadruplexes may form a novel mechanism for controlling the transcription and recombination of var virulence genes, as well as the stability and evolution of the parasite genome as a whole. For further details, see Harris & Merrick, Plos Pathogens 2015, Stanton et al., BMC Genomics 2016 and Harris et al., AAC 2018.

Applicants should hold a PhD in molecular biology, parasitology or genomics, with skills in cell culture, molecular biology and genomics/bioinformatics. 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.

Other duties/responsibilities as outlined in the Further Information documents include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional lecturesExperience of Plasmodium molecular genetics is desirable. The appointee will benefit from excellent facilities, including newly-refurbished Category-3 containment laboratories, and diverse expertise at the Cambridge Pathology Department.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years 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.

Interviews will be held week commencing 11th June 2018.

For further information please contact:

General queries should be directed to Irene Piper, or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK15400 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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