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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

The MRC Cancer Unit (MRC CU) is a University Department situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It provides an outstanding environment for cancer research, supporting some 10 research groups and ~100 bench scientists.

The successful candidate will be joining an exciting group headed by Dr Ben Hall. The research focus is on the development and analysis of computational models of the processes of early carcinogenesis in epithelial tissues. More information can be found at

The role will involve the development, testing and analysis of continuous, physical models of the structure of biological tissues to understand how they influence early cancer development. Qualified with a PhD in computational biology, or formal methods (with demonstrable experience/interest in biology), applicants will have programming experience (preferably with python or F#) and a demonstrable track record of first author publications. Experience of working in interdisciplinary teams (specifically with experimentalists, clinicians, and/or theoreticians) is preferable. Familiarity with biophysical simulation (e.g. molecular modelling) or executable modelling techniques (e.g. logical modelling) would be advantageous, as is experience of high performance computing and/or writing MPI code.

The role holder must have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in computational biology. For candidates with a PhD the salary will be on the scale £32,236 - £39,609 pa depending on relevant postdoctoral experience. Candidates without a PhD or 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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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

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The closing date for applications is Sunday 1st September 2019 with interviews taking place week commencing 9th September 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 SK20205 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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