University of Cambridge

Job Opportunities


Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant post to work with Dr Xuan Li, based in the Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge.

The research involves the investigation of the molecular and cellular control of innate immunity, and their relevance in the cardiovascular disease models. We seek a highly motivated individual to support multiple lab routine techniques, including in vitro biochemical assays, cell culture experiments and in vivo work. Daily laboratory work will include techniques such as PCR, western blot, cell-based assays, histology and surgery. In addition you will undertake tasks of supporting the project through general laboratory administrative, record keeping, house keeping and maintenance duties.

The successful candidate will have a degree in a relevant scientific discipline with previous laboratory experience. Practical experience in any of the techniques listed above would be advantageous as would a good working knowledge of cell and molecular biology. The post involves the running of various projects within the laboratory and presenting work regularly at lab meetings. The post requires the ability to work under your own initiative and to apply problem-solving skills to troubleshoot challenging technical issues. You will be self-motivated, adaptable, organized and able to follow instructions accurately with attention to details. The role requires good interpersonal and communication skills, excellent time-management, and multiple-task handling and organisation skills.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

Informal enquiries are very welcome and should be addressed to Dr Li (

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.

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 email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing Date: 27th July 2018

Please quote reference RC15506 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

Apply online