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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

The MRC Cancer Unit (MRC CU) is a Cambridge University Department within the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre in Cambridge and situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It provides an outstanding environment for cancer research, supporting some 10 research groups and ~100 experimental and computational scientists.

We are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant/Associate to join the CRUK-funded multi-disciplinary collaborative project OncoLive ( between Dr. Alessandro Esposito (MRC Cancer Unit - University of Cambridge), Dr. Maria Alcolea (Stem Cell Institute - University of Cambridge) and Dr. Philip Greulich (Mathematical Sciences - University of Southampton).

The research activities will be carried out at the MRC CU under the supervision of Dr. Alessandro Esposito (, but in close collaboration with the other groups. The successful candidate will work on the development of a light-sheet microscope capable to integrate optogenetics, lineage tracing and biochemical imaging. We will study early oncogenesis and for tumor imaging applications within a uniquely collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. The applicant is expected to be capable to prototype optical systems (e.g., light-sheet microscopes, FLIM, optogenetics), to utilize microscopy tools to address biomedical questions and to contribute to the development of data analysis pipelines, independently.

Applicants should have or about to be awarded a PhD in Physics, Biophysics, Engineering or a relevant subject and with practical experience in engineering optical detection systems and handling biological samples. A demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed publications about fluorescence microscopy and applications is desirable. Team working and effective communication with colleagues using multidisciplinary methods is essential.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2021 in the first instance.

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

For candidates with a PhD the salary will be on the scale £32,236 - £39,609 pa depending on relevant postdoctoral experience. Candidates due to complete their PhD within 6 months of their start date will be appointed at the Research Assistant level with a salary of £29,515 (Grade 5) and, if applicable, advancing to Grade 7 Research Associate level following the conferment of their PhD.

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The closing date for applications is Monday 22nd April 2019 with interviews expected to take place week commencing 29th April 2019.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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 SK18598 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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