Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Molecular mechanisms of meiotic recombination

A postdoctoral position is available in the group of Prof. Luca Pellegrini in the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Cambridge, to work on meiotic recombination, the cellular process responsible for generation of sexual diversity and fertility. The project focuses on the molecular mechanisms that establish the functional architecture of meiotic chromosomes and promote strand exchange between parental DNA (Syrjänen et al., eLife, 2014; Syrjänen et al., eLife, 2017).

Suitable candidates will hold or be about to receive a PhD in Biochemistry, Biophysics or Molecular Biology. They will be highly motivated to pursue an exciting and challenging project in basic research, and will be able to demonstrate an excellent track record of relevant achievements. Experience in the biochemical reconstitution and biophysical analysis of macromolecular complexes is important. In addition, familiarity with experimental methods in cryo-electron tomography would be an advantage.

The position is available from June 2019, and is funded for three years in the first instance. Applicants should submit a CV with list of relevant publications, a cover letter explaining why they are suitable for the position and the contact details of at least two referees.

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Closing date: 13 May 2019

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Luca Pellegrini (

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