The VISIONLab, led by Dr Sarah Bohndiek, uses next-generation imaging sciences to advance our understanding of tumour evolution. We create new imaging technologies, and combine them together with computational models, to study cancer in both mouse models and patients. The VISIONLab is co-located in the Department of Physics and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute at the University of Cambridge, offering the opportunity to work in varying lab environments.

We are searching for a research assistant to support the work of our diverse international team in striving to create new methods that can help us to detect cancer earlier. Candidates with a strong background and interest in biomedical science and a curiosity about science that extends across disciplines are likely to find this position rewarding, as it affords an opportunity to make an impact on our research by supporting both physicists and engineers, as well as biologists, to make a difference to human health. There are ample opportunities within the lab and the wider environment for personal and professional development and to help shape the course of research projects.

The successful applicant should have a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences or a related area. They should have at least 2 years of relevant experience that includes standard laboratory procedures such as mammalian cell culture, Western blotting, enzyme assays, RNA and DNA isolation and PCR. Proficiency in the use of basic software packages such as Microsoft Office is expected. Experience working at containment level 2 is desirable. Experience with fluorescence staining and/or optical microscopy is also desirable. Any experience with the preparation of research ethics applications for clinical trials or assisting with experimental research in human subjects would be an advantage.

The research assistant (grade 5) salary falls within the range £29,605 to £33,966. Funding is available for 2 years in the first instance but may be extended (subject to satisfactory performance) should suitable funding be secured.

Applications will be reviewed shortly after the closing date and it is expected that interviews will be conducted in October 2023. The successful candidate would ideally start before the end of 2023.

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