Research Assistant/Associate
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1d ago

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral research associate or research assistant starting as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will work on a project called "A toolkit of customised tension sensors for interrogating mechanical forces in the cell" in the lab of Prof Laura Itzhaki, Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge.

The project will exploit the mechanics of a class of spring-like biomolecules known as tandem-repeat proteins. The physical strength of these molecules can be straightforwardly and predictably manipulated with simple protein engineering approaches, with which we will create a toolkit of tension sensors and use it to understand mechanical forces in biology.

The work will involve protein design, recombinant protein production and biophysical analysis including single-molecule force spectroscopy, with the opportunity to spend time in collaborators' labs in Germany.

Applicants should have a first degree or PhD in an area relevant to the project. The key duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to : developing research objectives and conducting the research project, writing up research work for presentation and publication, continually updating knowledge and understanding in the research field, translating knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity, managing own research and administrative activities.

The funds for this post are available for 36 months. The salary range if appointed as a Research Associate is £32,816-£40,322 per annum and the salary range if appointed as Research Assistant is £26,715-£30,942 per annum with promotion to Research Associate on attainment of PhD if applicable.

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Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Prof Laura Itzhaki (lsi10 cam.ac.uk).

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Debbie Stanley, phar-hr lists.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PL21456 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in science subjects.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender but, as women are currently under-represented at this level in our department, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates.

Appointment will be based on merit alone.

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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