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Research Assistant in Mammalian Epigenetics (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant position working in the Group of Dr Michael Imbeault at the Department of Genetics in central Cambridge.

This is a varied and interesting role supporting research on the mechanisms through which transposable elements and their epigenetic controllers participate in the evolution of gene regulatory networks of primates and mammals. This is an ideal opportunity for a motivated scientist wishing to develop their research skills in mammalian epigenetics within a world-class research environment.

The successful applicant will be responsible for carrying out laboratory-based tasks supporting research for projects linked to pancreas development and inflammation. The ideal applicant will be comfortable using techniques such as cell culture, lentiviral vector production, molecular cloning, genetic and epigenetic manipulation of cells using CRISPR/Cas9, chromatin immunoprecipitation and NGS library preparation (training will be provided where necessary).

The duties of the role will include:

  • General laboratory management (ordering equipment, instrument calibration, sample/reagent inventories, etc.)

  • Assisting in the training of students and other members of the laboratory

  • Providing technical support for a variety of research projects

  • Ensuring research is carried out in accordance with good practice and in compliance with local polices and legal requirements

  • Developing and validating new protocols

  • Contributing to laboratory-wide discussions on developments within the field

  • Using an electronic lab book to carefully record own lab work

There will also be the opportunity to lead your own sub-project (subject to level of skills and experience).

This is an important role for the group requiring someone who is well organised with good communication skills and the ability to work well with staff and students at all levels.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2027 in the first instance.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Michael Imbeault

Please quote reference PC36656 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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