Research Associate

Research Associate

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, East of England, United Kingdom

Research Assistant/Research Associate X 2
Human and Mouse Breast Single Cell Atlas
*Grade 5 £26,243-£30,395 or Grade 7 £32,236-£39,609

Applications are invited for two post-doc positions to work on a collaborative project between the laboratories of Dr. Walid Khaled (University of Cambridge), Dr. John Marioni (CRUK, CI & EMBL-EBI) and Prof. Carlos Caldas (CRUK, CI). Our laboratories have expertise in mammary gland development (Khaled W.T. et al. 2015 Nat Commun, Bach K. et al. 2017 Nat Commun), Single Cell Genomics (Ibarra-Soria X., 2018 Nat Cell Bio, Haghverdi et al. 2018 Nat Biotech., Martinez-Jimenez et al. 2017 Science) and Breast Cancer (Curtis C. et al 2012 Nature, Dvinge et al, Nature 2013, Bruna et al, Cell 2016). We are joining forces on this ambitious project to build a comprehensive Human and Mouse Breast Single Cell Atlas. We will be using scRNAseq and scATACseq to chart the cellular changes in the breast at different healthy conditions. This data will allow us to study the impact of breast cancer risk modulators such as age and parity on the normal cellular homeostasis.

Applicants should have a strong interest in developmental or cancer biology and are expected to hold or obtain shortly, a PhD in the life sciences. They must have demonstrable experience in analysing and integrating single cell genomics data. It is also desirable if the candidates have experience in cell biology and/or mouse models. The successful applicants will be careful and methodical workers, accurate and ready to take responsibility as part of a team. They will be self-motivated and able to organise, perform and analyse experiments with minimal instruction. Ideally, they will have several years of previous laboratory experience and be capable of working efficiently and productively without direct supervision. Careful observation and accurate computer-based record-keeping and presentation are essential.

The closing date is 31st January 2019.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Walid T. Khaled (

The position is available for 2 years (subject to a probation period) in the first instance and is available from 1st February 2019 or soon thereafter.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in science subjects. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender but, as women are currently under-represented at this level in our department, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications from agencies will not be considered.

The online application is to include your personal details, names and addresses of referees, as well as your CV, research publications list and cover letter (including a description of your experience as it relates to the job specifications).

For enquiries about the online application process please contact Ms Amparo Saez at

Please quote reference PL17626 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate