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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

The Balasubramanian laboratory at the CRUK Cambridge Institute is seeking a dedicated Research Assistant to join a team studying the structure and function of nucleic acids.

The two main themes of our laboratory are a) alternative DNA and RNA secondary structures called G-quadruplexes and b) epigenetic base modifications, such as methylcytosine and its oxidised derivatives, and their roles in cancer. Our work is interdisciplinary and you will work with a wide range of scientists from chemists to molecular biologists and bioinformaticians. We have a strong record of innovation to address cutting-edge questions in the field. The role will support a team that uses biochemistry, molecular biology and bioinformatics to understand the mechanism of action of G-quadruplexes and epigenetic marks in human models, using techniques such as RNAseq, ChIPseq and proteomics.

We are looking to recruit a highly organised individual with excellent laboratory skills in biochemistry and molecular biology. Additional experience with cell biology, tissue culture, library preparation and next-generation sequencing 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 practical laboratory experience, preferably in a research environment.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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

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

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The closing date is 25 April 2019, with the interview date TBC.

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

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Jo Lockhart via email

Please quote reference SW18393 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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