Two postdoctoral research associate positions are available in the Rayner lab ( https://www.cimr.cam.ac.uk/research/principal-investigators/rayner ) to study host-parasite interactions during erythrocyte invasion by Plasmodium falciparum parasites. Working on a Wellcome Trust funded project, you will use cutting-edge combinatorial experimental genetics, microscopy and mass spectrometry to explore the overlapping roles of two families of P. falciparum erythrocyte invasion ligands, including how they interact with each other and with the broader network of P. falciparum invasion genes. 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, or are soon to be awarded, a PhD degree. Experience culturing, phenotyping and making complex genetic mutations in 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 independent but also highly collaborative and team-oriented in your approach to research, with excellent oral and written communication skills.
Funding: One Research Associate position is available for 4 years in the first instance. The second post, which may be recruited to Senior Research Associate level, is available for up to 5 years from the start date of the grant. Appointment to Senior Research Associate is possible depending on qualifications and skills and will be determined during the recruitment process. It is subject to approval by the Faculty Board of the School of Clinical Medicine.
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 ( https://www.cimr.cam.ac.uk ) 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.
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