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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

The VISIONLAB of Dr Sarah Bohndiek develops novel imaging approaches for early cancer detection and evaluation of disease prognosis. They also apply new imaging methods in cancer models to explore the role of the tumour microenvironment in cancer development and are active in translating their findings into clinical trials.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the VISIONLAB, which is co-located in the Department of Physics and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute at the University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will spend their time at both of the laboratory locations. They will drive forward a multidisciplinary project bringing to bear novel Raman spectroscopy methods in the study of cancer cell metabolism.

The VISIONLAB is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and curiousity-driven individual with a PhD in a relevant discipline. Practical experience in spontaneous Raman spectroscopy applied to living cells is essential; knowledge of coherent Raman scattering methods would be advantageous. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a strong track record of scientific publication and presentation at international research meetings, commensurate with their research experience. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the laboratory, excellent communication and team working skills are essential. Key responsibilities will include: collection and analysis of data from Raman microscopy experiments in cells and tissues; development of computational methods for analysis and interpretation of Raman data; supervision of graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory; and the active management of research collaborations within Cambridge.

The application closing date is September 8th, 2019. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the closing date and it is expected that interviews will be conducted in early October 2019. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance, but the VISIONLAB strongly encourages candidate-driven efforts to obtain competitive fellowships and the post may be extended (subject to satisfactory performance) should suitable fellowship or grant funding be secured.

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Appointment at research associate grade is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,243 to £30,395. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,236 to £39,609.

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Informal enquiries and specific questions about the role can be addressed to Sarah Bohndiek ( Please quote reference KA20245 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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