Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)
Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute
Reference: SW17796

Europe’s top cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, has combined with the University of Cambridge to fund the world class Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, situated on the Addenbrooke’s Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

As part of the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, the Institute’s research ranges from basic cancer biology through translational cancer research to clinical application. The Institute currently houses over 400 researchers and support staff with around 20 research groups and associated core facilities in a state-of-the-art research facility.

We are currently looking to recruit a Research Assistant to work in the Stem Cell Biology of the Intestine Laboratory run by Senior Group Leader, Dr Doug Winton. This post is a 2 year fixed term contract.

The Winton Lab explores the dynamics of stem and progenitor cells in normal and neoplastic settings with particular regard to to the intestine. Our approaches are integrative and functional: aiming to describe and understand the cellular biology of stem cells and to measure their clonal growth and the consequences of their somatic mutation in altering clonal advantage in defined transgenic models.

You will assist in diverse techniques including, cloning, genome editing, mammalian cell culture, FACS, confocal microscopy, murine tumour lineage tracing, xenotransplantation. In addition, you will assist as required in general laboratory administrative, housekeeping and maintenance duties.

Applicants should have a BSc degree level qualification (or equivalent) in relevant field with previous laboratory experience. Practical experience in any of the techniques listed above would be advantageous as would a good working knowledge of cell and molecular biology. This would suit a candidate looking for research insight before possibly embarking on a PhD programme. You will be conscientious, ambitious, with the ability to work well both independently and part of a team. You will have the opportunity to work under your own initiative and apply your problem solving skills to troubleshoot challenging technical issues. You will contribute towards running of various projects within the laboratory and you will present your work regularly at the lab meetings. Good IT and communication skills would be useful.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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

The closing date is 12 February 2019, with the interview date to be confirmed.

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

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SW17796 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Quote Reference: Reference: SW17796