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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a highly motivated Research Assistant to join the group of Dr Rahul Roychoudhuri at the Department of Pathology and assist in the running of a well-funded research lab of approximately 8-10 scientists.

The research will provide a better understanding of how immune function is dysregulated in cancer and inflammatory diseases and aims to inform development of new immune-based therapies for patients with presently intractable disease.

You will be expected to oversee and provide technical support to the laboratory, alongside the group leader, and will be responsible for its day-to-day running. You will be responsible for overall management of the laboratory's animal research programme, which includes managing the laboratory's transgenic mouse colonies using a fully implemented electronic colony management system, liaising with animal technicians, coordinating commercial genotyping of transgenic mice and directly assisting with in vivo experiments. You will closely interact with other researchers within and outside the lab and be involved in the design and implementation of experiments and development of new techniques and research areas. You will also be involved in specific administrative and laboratory management tasks and opportunities will be presented to develop in this role.

Applicants must have a degree in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or a related discipline and experience of mouse immunology, including working with experimental mice, intravenous and intraperitoneal injection, tissue dissection and flow cytometry. Skills in molecular biology and cell biology are also desirable. You will join a young and dynamic group, whose core values include enthusiasm, openness and integrity.

Key responsibilities:

-Be responsible for the day-to-day running of the laboratory, including managing the laboratory's mouse colonies in communication with dedicated animal technicians. Assistance with design and implementation of mouse immunology experiments.

-Overseeing and providing technical and administrative support to the lab, alongside the group leader. Conducting experiments that lead to development of new techniques and research areas. Contributing to supervision and training of other lab members.

-Interacting closely with other researchers within and outside the lab and participating actively in development of research questions, experimental design and troubleshooting.

Essential criteria:

-Independent, motivated and highly organized individual, who is passionate about science and keen to support the day-to-day coordination of a collaborative team of scientists

-Applicants must have a degree in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or a related discipline

-Experience of mouse immunology, including working with experimental mice, tissue dissection and flow cytometry

-Ability to learn and assimilate new techniques, and to train other researchers

-Ability to perform intravenous tail vein injections

-Demonstrate core values of enthusiasm, openness and integrity.

Desirable criteria:

-Experience with molecular cloning techniques and next-generation sequencing library preparation

-Interest in and aptitude of laboratory management and administration with the potential to develop in this role

-Good computing and data management skills

For more information about the work of the laboratory, visit:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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