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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate post in the laboratory of Professor Giovanna Mallucci, Associate Director of the newly established UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) Centre at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge UK.

The mission of the UK DRI at the University of Cambridge, is to create a collaborative, inter-disciplinary Centre, combining world-leading expertise unique to Cambridge from chemistry, biophysics and structural biology with internationally leading research in the cell biology of neurodegeneration. This environment will enable creative and innovative approaches to the study of neurodegenerative disease and drive a gear change in our scientific understanding.

The scientific focus of the Centre is on understanding mechanisms involved in the earliest stages of neurodegenerative disease in order, ultimately, to deliver therapeutic targets with the greatest potential to prevent dementia. Three Foundation programmes led by DRI professors (including Prof Mallucci) are complemented by three new programmes led by DRI Fellows to develop this field.

We are now looking for a Research Associate to join the laboratory of Professor Giovanna Mallucci. The Mallucci lab is renowned for paradigm-shifting insights into fundamental mechanisms in neurodegeneration that provide new targets for treatments of this disorders (eg. Moreno et al; Nature 2012 and Sci Trans Med 2013; Halliday et al; Brain 2015 and Peretti et al; Nature 2015).

We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow to study the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in neurodegenerative diseases using advanced cell and organism models. This UK DRI funded position will work between the groups of Prof Giovanna Mallucci (Clinical Neurosciences and Director of the Cambridge DRI) and Prof Clemens Kaminski (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology). In particular, the candidate will provide a vital link between high-resolution imaging and cell biology research at the DRI.

As the vacant post is at Research Associate (Post-Doc) level, a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline is required. Experience in live cell superresolution imaging is highly advantageous, coupled with experience of in vivo work and molecular biology techniques.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2021 in the first instance.

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: 28th June 2018

Please quote reference ZE15877 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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