University of Cambridge

Research Associate

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

This opportunity has arisen through Professor Jussi Taipale commencing as the new Herchel Smith Professor of Biochemistry. The Taipale group, based in the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, Central Cambridge will continue to work on transcriptional regulation; specifically, to understand how DNA sequences determine where and when genes are expressed. This effort will support the group in their second systems- level research area of elucidating control of tissue and organism growth. 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 September and the post is available from 1st October 2019.

The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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

Please quote reference PH19970 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Quote Reference: PH19970