Research Associate

Research Associate

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Research Associate – Chemist/Chemical Biologist to study DNA base modifications and their epigenetic functions (Fixed Term)
Department of Chemistry
Reference: MA17558

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

We seek a postdoctoral scientist to work with Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian on a Wellcome Trust-funded programme to investigate the epigenetic role of chemically modified nucleic acid bases. This is an interdisciplinary project that encompasses organic and biophysical chemistry, chemical and molecular biology and genomics. See for further information.

We look to appoint a chemist or chemical biologist to carry out research on how chemically modified bases affect the structure and function of DNA. The investigations will involve a consideration of the chemistry and enzymology of nucleic acids, protein-DNA interactions, chromatin structure and transcription. This will enable us to gain a deeper understanding of epigenetic regulation in normal and disease states using human, mouse and parasite models.

The successful candidate will have a capacity for innovation and creativity. Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team will be important. Experience in nucleic acid chemistry and working in an interdisciplinary environment with molecular/cell biologists or biochemists would be an advantage.

Candidates should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in a relevant discipline.
The positions are available from February 2019 onwards.

Previous applicants need not apply.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: .

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and include a publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries regarding this post, please contact Jo Lockhart, PA to Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian, email:

Please quote reference MA17558 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing Date: 24th January 2018

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Quote Reference: MA17558