Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

open until filled
Medical Sciences, Pathology
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a vacancy in bioinformatics at pre-doctoral (Research Assistant) level. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team studying gene expression mechanisms, particularly translation control and protein synthesis. The position will be based in the laboratory of Dr Betty Chung in the University of Cambridge at the Department of Pathology.

We are seeking a highly motivated pre-doctoral research scientist, with the ability to plan and conduct high quality work. Applicants should have, or be about to obtain, a good degree in bioinformatics, molecular biology, computer science or related disciplines or equivalent experience. Applicants should have a sound knowledge of at least one programming language, and familiarity with the linux operating system and shell scripting, and preferably experience in standard bioinformatic techniques and reference resources (particularly for RNA/DNA sequence analysis). Applicants should also have a good knowledge of basic molecular biology (e.g. first year undergraduate level) and the motivation to learn more. Productive bioinformatic experience in the following areas would be highly advantageous: RNA biology, gene expression, and high-throughput NGS analysis. Experience and knowledge of web development and software development is desirable. The successful applicant will provide computational support for a number of exciting wet-lab projects and potentially working on their own projects in gene expression analysis. Training can be provided as appropriate.

The ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, coupled with good communication and excellent organizational and problem solving skills, attention to detail, and an enthusiasm for scientific research, are required. General duties/responsibilities include supporting the lab's work, writing up work for presentation and publication, and potentially assisting in the supervision of student research projects.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Direct enquiries may be addressed to Dr Betty Chung (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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.

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

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General queries should be directed to Jodi Smith, or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK20712 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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