Research Associate in Pathology

University of Cambridge Department of Pathology

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral vacancy in molecular biology to join a multi-disciplinary team based at the Department of Pathology in Central Cambridge studying the gene expression strategies of intracellular pathogens and their hosts. The successful candidate will study translational control mechanisms of both the host and pathogen throughout infection.

Candidates should have a PhD, or expect to obtain one shortly, and have a track record of success in molecular biology and/or cellular biology research. Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he/she will normally be appointed as a Research Assistant, grade 5 on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate, grade 7, upon successful completion of his/her PhD.

Relevant experience in molecular biology is essential. Knowledge of bioinformatics and handling biosafety level 2 material would be advantageous. The successful candidate will use a range of next-generation sequencing techniques including ribosome profiling, CHIP-Seq and RNA-Seq, as well as molecular biology techniques, cell culture and animal infections, generating mutant pathogens, recombinant protein expression and purification, protein-protein or protein-RNA interaction assays, and in vitro translations.

Several projects within the theme of translation control during infection and immunity are available therefore the specific project will depend on the background and interest of the successful candidate. Our lab works with a variety of intracellular pathogens including viruses, bacteria and unicellular eukaryotic parasites.

Other possible duties include developing research objectives and proposals for own or joint research; conduct individual and collaborative research projects; write up research work for presentation and publication; assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies; plan the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate; may be required to assist in the supervision of student projects, provide instructions to students and deliver seminars relating to own research area.

The general duties/responsibilities which may be required for this post at either Research Assistant or Research Associate level are outlined in the Further Information Document

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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For further details or informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Betty Chung (

Please quote reference PK24817 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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