University of Cambridge

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Job ref : PH22159
Post Title : Postdoctoral Research Associate
Title : Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)
Org Unit : Department of Biochemistry
Category : Research
Max Salary : £32,816-£40,322
Published :
End date : 28 February 2020

This opportunity has arisen through Professor Jussi Taipale commencing as the new Herchel Smith Professor of Biochemistry. The Taipale group is based in the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, Central Cambridge. The focus of the work in the laboratory is aimed at understanding how DNA sequences determine where and when genes are expressed (see Yin et al., Science 2017; Zhu et al., Nature 2018), and how deregulated transcription drives tumourigenesis (see Sur et al., Science 2012; Dave et al, eLife 2017). The research of the group will have impact on both the fundamental understanding of the regulation of gene expression, and on knowledge of the mechanisms that control cell growth during normal development and in pathologies such as cancer.

As part of the phased development of the Taipale group in Cambridge, there is a position available for a Post-doctoral Research Associate studying growth regulation in normal cells and cancer models using genome engineering and functional genomics approaches.

The main duties will involve designing and performing genome-scale experiments to understand the role of phosphorylation cascades and transcriptional networks in cell growth regulation, using mass spectrometry, functional genomics and genome editing, as well as computational analysis of the experimental results.

The successful candidates should have (or be close to completing) a PhD in Genetics, Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Computational Biology, Medicine or a related field. Applicants interested in any of the above research areas and/or interested in developing a novel research direction will be considered.

The selection processes will be conducted in March-April and the post is available from summer 2020.
The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

To apply please follow:

Informal enquires can be made by contacting Dr. Minna Taipale, email:; further information on the Taipale lab can be obtained at

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