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Research Assistant - Computational Immunology and Genetics (Fixed Term)


The Centre for Pathogen Evolution (CPE) at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge invites applications for a Research Assistant to a project on evolutionarily smart SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. It is an exciting opportunity for a talented ambitious individual to support and maintain the national and international reputation for excellence in research of the CPE.

The research focus of the group is to design and develop analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to understand the fundamental processes that govern the evolution of antigenically variable viruses. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, involving global collaboration with experimental virologists and clinicians to quantify the selection pressures on SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses to better understand their evolutionary dynamics, and to inform control strategies.

Fixed-term: The appointment, which is funded by UKRI, is for a period of 12 months starting in July 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for the Role:

  • Masters or Bachelors degree in medicine, genetics, or immunology
  • Experience of sequence analysis, structural analysis and modelling, and immunodominance
  • Experience of software development and with mathematical modeling
  • Knowledge and use of scripting language R, familiarity with Unix/Linux
  • Familiarity with statistics methods, large data sets and data visualization
  • Ambition, drive, strong work ethic, and good interpersonal skills - Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting
  • Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva.

Email: an286@cam.ac.uk Telephone: (0)1223 330117

Please quote reference PF42306 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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