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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate post in bioinformatics. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team studying virus comparative genomics, gene expression, evolution, taxonomy, RNA structure and function, and novel virus discovery. The position will be based in the laboratory of Dr Andrew Firth in the University of Cambridge at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Further information about our lab's research may be found at

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral research scientist, with the ability to plan and conduct high quality work and a strong track record for their career stage. Candidates should have a PhD (or expect to obtain one shortly) in bioinformatics or molecular biology, virology, computer science or related disciplines or equivalent experience, and at least one peer-reviewed first-author publication in a high quality journal. Applicants should have a sound knowledge of at least one programming language, familiarity with the linux operating system and shell scripting, and experience in standard bioinformatic techniques and reference resources (particularly for RNA/DNA sequence analysis). Productive bioinformatic experience in the following areas would be highly advantageous: RNA virology, RNA biology, gene expression, and high-throughput RNA-Seq analysis. Experience and knowledge of web development and software development is desirable.

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

The ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, coupled with good communication and excellent organizational and problem solving skills, attention to detail, and an enthusiasm for scientific research, are required. Flexible hours and/or part-time working may be accommodated for this post. General duties/responsibilities include supporting the lab's research work; developing research objectives/proposals; conducting research projects; writing up research work; assisting with proposals and applications to external bodies; potentially assisting in the supervision of student projects; providing instructions to students; and delivering occasional seminars relating to own research area.

Other general duties/responsibilities which may be required for this post are outlined in the Further Information Documents.

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.

Direct enquiries may be addressed to Dr Andrew Firth ( General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK15717 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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