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Research Assistant - Hannon Lab (Fixed Term)

The Hannon laboratory at the CRUK Cambridge Institute (part of the University of Cambridge) is seeking to hire a dedicated Research Assistant to join a small team of scientists studying the role of Piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) in transposon silencing.

Our laboratory has a long-standing interest in RNA biology and cancer research, and a history of developing new tools to address cutting-edge questions in these fields. This role will be part of a team that uses biochemistry, imaging, high-throughput methods (RNAseq, ChIPseq, proteomics) and computational approaches in various Drosophila models to understand the molecular mechanisms of piRNA-guided transposon control.

We are looking to recruit a competent individual with excellent laboratory skills in biochemistry and molecular biology. Additional experience with tissue culture, fly genetics and husbandry, microscopy or bioinformatics would be advantageous. The successful candidate should show initiative and independent thinking, possess excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team.

Applicants should have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in a relevant discipline as well as a reasonable amount of practical lab experience.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

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.

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.

The closing date is 10 March 2019, with the interview date TBC.

For up to date information about the research group, including our most recent publications, please see our website at:

Please send applications in the following format: a CV, including full details of all University courses taken with date, with grades if available; a publication record if available; the names and contact details of two academic referees; a cover letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this particular role, what you will bring to the project and listing your research experience to date.

Please quote reference SW18100 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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