Research Assistant

Department of Oncology

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £26,715-£30,942
  • REF: RD25705
  • Closes: 07th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, experienced and highly motivated full-time Research Assistant interested in studying the roles of multiple co-occurring mutation combinations in paediatric brain tumour development using both in vitro and in vivo approaches. The person appointed will join the group of Dr Manav Pathania (Department of Oncology and CRUK Children’s Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence; and will be based in the Milner Institute and the CRUK Cambridge Institute at the Addenbrooke’s Biomedical Campus.

Applicants should have a degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Candidates that have a strong background in the following two broad areas of expertise are encouraged to apply: (1) molecular biology, biochemistry, stem cell culture and FACS, or (2) histology/tissue processing, confocal microscopy, transgenics and mouse colony management. Knowledge of mammalian neurobiology or developmental biology is not necessary but would be very beneficial.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop a basic science and multidisciplinary approach to translational cancer research. All candidates should have an excellent aptitude for research and career development. We are especially looking for applicants with a self-starter mentality, who combine a perceptive and resourceful approach with an ability to work independently. A strong desire to design, execute, and interpret your own experiments is essential. The ability to think creatively and develop workaround approaches when faced with the challenges that may arise while conducting pioneering new research is also highly desirable.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Manav Pathania ( position is funded for six months in the first instance for work on a specific ongoing project within the laboratory. If the project develops within these 6 months, there may be subject to funding being available, the possibility to extend the position for a further 12-18 months to ensure completion of the project.

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Closing Date: 7th March 2021

Applications should include a CV with contact details for three references and a two paragraph cover letter outlining reasons why you would like to be involved in the project, key areas of expertise and future goals/career ambitions.

Please quote reference RD25705 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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