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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) - Diagnostics for low resource countries

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB), Department of Medicine and Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge have partnered with the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines to investigate nucleic acid diagnostics for resource poor countries. The project is funded in UK by MRC. A Research Assistant/Research Associate position in Biosensor technologies is available with the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology team, University of Cambridge.

The Collaboration involves the development of a nucleic acid diagnostic for febrile disease outbreaks to enable informed treatment and targeted antibiotic use. The Cambridge team have developed a new multifunctional technology for nucleic acid polymerases which is being integrated into a novel point of care diagnostic platform. The project bridges manufacturing research with synthetic biology to design a new biosensor which can be produced in low resource settings. The research will bring together elements from the Cambridge team with research at University of Santo Tomas and will embark on clinical testing in the field in the Philippines.

The successful candidate will be expected to assume intellectual leadership in driving the first phase of this project and its application, as well as contributing to the wider, ongoing development of the programme of disease diagnostics for resource poor settings. This will involve integration with teams working in Cambridge and the Philippines, driving the underpinning diagnostic platform research , making key design decisions, and ensuring their realisation. Activities will include leading and participating in research discussions between the two centres and participating in workshops and studies at University of Santo Tomas to transfer the technology from the Cambridge team and provide field experience.

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 19 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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