Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
August 01, 2024
Offerd Salary:£29,605-£33,966
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Contract Type:Fixed-term The funds
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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a research assistant to work within the Group of Dr Clémence Blouet at the Institute of Metabolic Science, within a programme aimed at understanding the mechanisms through which brain nutrient sensing contributes to appetite, metabolism and body weight regulation.

This position offers an ideal opportunity for motivated scientists wishing to develop their research skills in neurobiology within a world-class research environment.

In this role, you will undertake laboratory-based work and support research on mouse models. Applicants need to have the ability to use standard histological techniques, use confocal microscopy and perform image analysis. Applicants also need to have the ability to work with mouse models.

You will be expected to:

  • Routinely prepare samples for histological analysis
  • Image histology samples and perform image analysis
  • Develop and validate new histological, imaging and quantification protocols
  • Use an electronic lab book to record your lab log,
  • Ensure the research is carried out in accordance with good practice and in compliance with local polices and legal requirements
  • Contribute to laboratory-wide discussions on developments within the field
  • Assist in training students and other members of the laboratory.
  • Contribute to basic mouse assessments and colony management
  • Overview general laboratory management (ordering, instrument calibration, sample/reagent inventories, etc..)
  • To be considered for this position, you must:

  • Possess a BSc degree or equivalent in neuroscience, biochemistry, physiology, or a related field
  • Have skills in working independently to solve experimental problems.
  • Be self-motivated, creative, and curious
  • Possess excellent record-keeping, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Hold a personal license from the home office
  • You should have experience with:

  • Basic molecular biology techniques
  • Basic mouse husbandry techniques
  • Basic mouse dosing procedures
  • Histology and imaging
  • Applicants should also be eligible for a Home Office Personal License

    Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 9 January 2026 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, a health assessment and a security check.

    We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part- time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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

    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 email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

    Closing date: 1st August 2024

    Date of interview: First Week in September

    Please quote reference RG42349 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/Location

    Department of Clinical Biochemistry








    3 July 2024

    Closing date

    1 August 2024

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