Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

August 8, 2021


Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

We are pleased to advertise a post for a Research Assistant to use 3D organoids and live-organoid imaging to study early cancer development in breast epithelial cells in Dr Mona Shehata's group.

Breast cancers generally arise through genetic perturbations in particular the acquisition of mutations and growth by clonal expansion. A key question for understanding the early steps of breast cancer is how does the surrounding microenvironment influence clonal expansion, enabling tumour progression.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to investigate the interplay between early disease and the local microenvironment. The successful candidate will apply state-of-the-art 3D organoid cultures to improve our understanding of how breast cells develop into cancer. The role holder would be expected to perform downstream analysis including live organoid imaging, 3D immunofluorescence imaging, in-vitro stem cell assays and FACS analyses. In addition, you will design and accurately execute experiments and also establish and optimise protocols and techniques. It is essential that you have a BSc or higher with a concentration in molecular biology, cancer biology or a related field.

Informal inquiries about this position should be directed to Mona Shehata at with reference number RD27451 in the subject line.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 8 August 2021

Interviews will be held virtually early w/c: 16 August 2021

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RD27451 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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    Department of Oncology








    20 July 2021

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