Research Assistant

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £27,116-£31,406
  • REF: SW29116
  • Closes: 16th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

The Gilbertson group are looking for an enthusiastic Research Assistant to join their research group at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, on the Biomedical Campus. The role holder would join a team of scientists studying the molecular and cellular origins of paediatric brain tumours and identifying novel therapeutic approaches. The successful candidate will support and contribute to the excellent research in the development of new therapies for three paediatric brain tumours through a biology-driven, drug development and small animal hospital pipeline.

The successful candidate should have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in a relevant discipline (Biomedical, Cancer or Neuroscience). Previous experience with working with laboratory mice is essential. An understanding of laboratory-based research methods, such as DNA; RNA and protein extractions, RT PCR, QPCR, Western blot and cell culture, would be preferable. It is essential that the post-holder is able to work collaboratively as a member of a team and must be able to communicate clearly and effectively. The role holder will be expected to provide assistance in the research projects and recording data from experiments. The successful candidate may be offered the opportunity to explore their own research during the post and experience in designing, executing and interpreting their own experiments would be an advantage.

For more information on the research in the Gilbertson lab or for informal enquiries about the post, please email

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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Closing date: 16th December 2021.

Interviews: TBC

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SW29116 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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