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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)


Applications are invited for a research assistant position 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 assistant 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 these disorders (eg. Moreno et al; Nature 2012 and Sci Trans Med 2013; Halliday et al; Brain 2015 and Peretti et al; Nature 2015).

This post will support an established programme of work, funded by the Cambridge Centre for Parkinsons Plus, investigating the regulatory and signaling mechanisms engaged by the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2-alpha kinase 3 (PERK) and the role that PERK plays in regulating physiological responses associated with neurodegenerative diseases.

Education to degree level or MSc in a relevant subject is required. Knowledge of basic techniques in cell and molecular biology is desirable although training in all relevant techniques will be provided.

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

Closing date: 3 September 2018

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

Please quote reference ZE16401 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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