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Research Associate - Mendelian Pain (Fixed Term)

We seek a post-doctoral scientist to join a successful translational research team investigating Mendelian pain. The successful candidate will run their own projects to define the function of novel genes associated with human pain.

A relevant first degree and PhD is required. Previous proven experience in any of the following will be useful; human genetic diseases, molecular genetics (sequencing and complex cloning), cell biology (confocal microscopy, and expression studies), electrophysiology, microRNA studies, proteomics, stem cell differentiation, or working with the mammalian embryonic and post-natal nervous system. Previous pain research experience is not necessary.

The post is in the team of Professor Geoff Woods, Principal Investigator at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. For example, recent publications see PMID: 29868776, 26005867, 28572454 and principal-investigators-q-z/woods.

The Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR) forms part of the University of Cambridge Clinical School and is based in the Wellcome Trust/MRC Building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The Institute provides modern laboratory accommodation and state of the art research facilities . As part of the University of Cambridge Clinical School, each Principal Investigator is affiliated to a home department which includes Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Medicine, Medical Genetics, Clinical Neurosciences and Pathology.

The post is funded through the Cambridge Biomedical Research Campus 2017 award from the Department of Health and funds for this post are available until 31st March 2022.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

The full incremental salary range for the position is advertised in order to demonstrate the progression of the Grade. In the majority of case appointments will be made at the Grade minimum: only in very specific circumstances can a higher salary be offered.

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.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Woods on or Mike Nahorski on to discuss the post. For any information regarding the application process, please contact Charlotte Yelton, email

Please quote reference SE17442 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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