Research Assistant x 2 (Fixed Term)
Applications are invited for two research assistants to join the CARRIAGE
study team (www. carriagestudy.org.uk) in Professor Sharon Peacock's group
which aims to understand the basis for human nasal carriage of Staphylococcus
aureus, a major cause of infection worldwide. The posts are available for 12
months in the first instance.
The post holder will work on a large cohort-based study which aims to
understand the biological basis of nasal carriage by the pathogen
Staphylococcus aureus in using a combination of microbiology, microbiome
analysis and genetic epidemiology.
This position offers an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated research
assistant wishing to advance their career in laboratory microbiology.
You will have a degree in a relevant subject, theoretical and practical
knowledge and working experience of microbiology and molecular biology in a
high throughput laboratory, and good information technology skills. For one of
the posts, good working experience of setting up qPCR, and automating lab
processes is required. Experience in a diagnostic or research microbiology
laboratory is highly desirable.
Responsibilities will include carrying out microbiology and molecular biology
project work. This will include bacterial culture and identification, DNA
extraction, PCR, qPCR, generating libraries for 16S rDNA and shotgun
microbiome sequencing, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, data entry,
preparing reagents, maintaining laboratory stocks, and assisting in the day-
to-day running of the laboratory.
The majority of the post-holder's work will be carried out at the Wellcome
Sanger Institute (WSI), Hinxton, Cambridgeshire with some time spent in
laboratories on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The post-holder will be
required to hold a Visiting Worker Agreement with the Sanger and their
employment may be at risk if the Agreement is withdrawn. Ideally the post
holder would work a half day for one Saturday a month at the WSI, with
flexible scheduling available.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first
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Closing Date: 22 September 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 email address and phone
number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.
Please quote reference RC28090 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.
Department of Medicine
9 September 2021
22 September 2021