Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

December 15, 2021


Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

A Part-Time (50% FTE) Research Assistant (Idiopathic epilepsy study co- ordinator) position is available from January 2022 in the Kennel Club Genetics Centre within the Department of Veterinary Medicine. To work alongside Dr Sally Ricketts to co-ordinate the collection of cheek swab DNA and residual blood samples from dogs for epidemiological/genetic studies of idiopathic epilepsy.

The position is funded by Petplan Charitable Trust for 12 months with a possibility of extension dependent on further funding. Idiopathic epilepsy is a major focus of the complex disease research programme led by Dr Sally Ricketts within the Kennel Club Genetics Centre (PI of Centre Dr Cathryn Mellersh).

Applicants should have a BSc degree in a science-related subject or equivalent (e.g., veterinary nursing qualification) and approximately two years previous experience in a related research role and experience in both a laboratory and office working environment. Proficiency in IT applications including those in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access), and familiarity with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter) are essential. The role will also involve large-scale extraction of DNA samples so the post holder would need to be familiar with basic laboratory techniques. They should have excellent interpersonal skills and should be able to interact effectively with people of multiple disciplines including other research scientists, specialist clinicians, and the general public. A full driving licence is required as some travel will be associated with the role.

Applicants should submit a CHRIS/6, Curriculum Vitae (CV), covering letter outlining suitability for the role and contact details for two referees. Please ensure that you upload your CV and a covering letter 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. Further particulars for the role and information about the Department www.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Interviews will be held Wednesday 5th January 2022

Please quote reference PP29202 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.

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Further information
  • Further information
  • Department/Location

    Department of Veterinary Medicine, West Cambridge


    £27,116-£31,406 pro rata






    25 November 2021

    Closing date

    15 December 2021

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