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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

A research assistant position is available in the Rayner lab ( ) to study host-parasite interactions during erythrocyte invasion by Plasmodium falciparum parasites. You will support a Wellcome Trust funded project that will explore the overlapping roles of two P. falciparum erythrocyte invasion ligand families. Your work will focus on generating genetic modification vectors and using them to create transgenic P. falciparum parasites lines. You will work as part of a vibrant interdisciplinary team which seeks to understand the interactions between Plasmodium parasites and human cells in order to identify and prioritise new drug and vaccine targets, and in close collaboration with partners and colleagues in other Cambridge departments as well as African research institutes.

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in a science subject. Experience in culturing and phenotyping Plasmodium falciparum parasites is highly desirable, but not absolutely essential, and those with genetics and cell biology experience in other eukaryotic cell systems who want to make a career transition into malaria research are also encouraged to apply. You must be highly collaborative and team-oriented in your approach to research, with excellent oral and written communication skills.

The role is available as either part- or full-time, and could be an ideal opportunity for those seeking to return to research after a career gap while still balancing caring responsibilities.

Research will be carried out at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR), an interdisciplinary research institute within the University of Cambridge with a mission to explore the molecular mechanisms of human diseases in order to develop targeted therapeutic strategies. With outstanding core facilities and a dynamic and highly interactive group of research groups, CIMR ( ) is part of the School of Clinical Medicine and is based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. We are committed to diversity, inclusion and anti-racism, and applicants from groups that are under-represented in scientific research are particularly encouraged to apply.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years from the start date of the grant in the first instance.

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

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Interviews will be held in October, date to be confirmed.

Please quote reference SG23911 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.

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  • SG23911 Research Assistant