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Research Assistant - Human Serology (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:

  • First class or equivalent Bachelors degree in science
  • Experience of software development and bioinformatics
  • Experience programming in R
  • Familiarity with laboratory techniques, especially virus neutralisation assays and their surrogates
  • Expertise in antigenic cartography
  • 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 PF42307 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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