Europe’s top cancer charity, Cancer Research UK, has combined with the University of Cambridge to fund the world class Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, situated on the Addenbrooke’s Biomedical Campus in Cambridge. As part of the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, the Institute’s research ranges from basic cancer biology through translational cancer research to clinical application. The Institute currently houses over 400 researchers and support staff with 22 research groups and associated core facilities in a state-of-the-art research facility.

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate to join the Odom group. We are seeking an experienced postdoctoral researcher to lead our laboratory’s efforts to understand the stability and plasticity of three-dimensional chromosome structures as they evolve between tissues and between species. This project is funded as a key strategic frontier within a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award held jointly by Dr. Odom and Dr. Paul Flicek (EMBL EBI in Hinxton). Applicants must have significant post-doctoral wet-lab experience, including expertise in performing ChIPseq, RNAseq, HiC and/or related chromosome structural techniques. Experience of performing high-throughput and/or automated experiments is essential. Some experience of analysing genomic data is desirable but not essential.

The post holder will provide senior scientific leadership for the Odom research group, and the post could include line management responsibility for a Research Assistant. Therefore, line-management experience is desirable. The post holder will act as liaison between the Odom research groups at CRUK CI and at DKFZ in Heidelberg, Germany, where the PI also holds a senior appointment. The post holder will also coordinate closely the project management and data analyses with the Flicek laboratory at EMBL EBI.

This is a senior role with high levels of responsibility, demanding considerable initiative; applicants must be able to demonstrate extensive experience of working collaboratively along with a proven record of managing competing, and at times conflicting, priorities. The post will involve administration and management of lab finances and operations, and representation of the PI at senior-level management meetings; as such, applicants must be able to demonstrate suitable prior leadership experience.

Appointment to Senior Research Associate is subject to approval by the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Duncan Odom on

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2021 in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date is 3rd February 2019, with the interview date to be confirmed.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV 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.

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 SW17809 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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3 Feb 2019