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Research Associate - Chemist/Molecular Biologist (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

We seek a postdoctoral scientist to work with Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian on a Wellcome Trust funded programme to investigate the structure and function of chemically modified nucleic acid bases and DNA epeigenetics. This is an interdisciplinary project encompassing biophysics, chemistry and molecular biology. See for further information.

The post offers the opportunity to develop and use cutting-edge genomic techniques to gain a deeper understanding of the function of base modifications and their involvement in regulating gene expression in normal and disease states using mouse and human cellular models. The successful candidate will have a background in molecular biology/nucleic acid chemisty with a good understanding of epigenetics and the role of modified bases. They should also have the capacity for innovation and creativity, and be curiosity-driven. We value good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Candidates should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in a relevant discipline.

The position is available immediately.

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Please ensure that you upload a 2-page Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter that explains your motivations for the position and your publications list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries regarding this post, please contact Jo Lockhart, Science Administrator, Balasubramanian Group, email:

Please quote reference MA36866 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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