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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in parasite biology starting from mid July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will join the laboratory of Dr. Katerina Artavanis-Tsakonas to investigate ubiquitin (Ub) and ubiquitin-like (UBL) pathways in Plasmodium falciparum and other apicomplexan parasites. The post will be within the Division of Microbiology & Parasitology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge.

A PhD level degree in immunology, biochemistry or closely related field is required as well as demonstrable research lab experience with particular focus on the following: Cell biology: Mammalian cell culture, fluorescence microscopy. Molecular biology and biochemistry: PCR/cloning, western blot, immuno-precipitation, recombinant protein production using diverse expression systems (including experience with chromatography), mass spectrometry. Parasitology: Culturing and maintenance of protozoan and helminth parasites. Bioinformatics: genome and phylogenetic analysis. Prior experience in the field of parasitology would also be an advantage.

The candidate should also have good interpersonal and organizational skills, the ability to work with limited supervision and exercise initiative, and and demonstrable experience in day-to-day lab management and training/supervising undergraduate and post-graduate students. As the laboratory's focus is split between protozoan and helminth parasites, experience in both systems would be highly desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2020 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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter addressing the selection criteria, your curriculum vitae (CV), and a list of publications in the 'Upload' section of the online application.

General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK15816 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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