Research Assistant x 2 (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

September 22, 2021


Research Assistant x 2 (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for two research assistants to join the CARRIAGE study team (www. 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be required to hold a Visiting Worker Agreement with the Sanger and their employment may be at risk if the Agreement is withdrawn.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 instance.

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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.

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    Department of Medicine








    9 September 2021

    Closing date

    22 September 2021

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