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Research Assistant (Fixed Term) CWT Lab

Salary: Grade 5, £26,243pa

Vacancy Reference: PL19000

Starting date: 1 June 2019 or soon thereafter (1 year fixed term)

Closing date: 17 May 2019

Applications are invited for a graduate research assistant to work in the laboratory of Prof. Colin Taylor at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge. The lab combines diverse approaches to examine intracellular calcium signalling and it enjoys collaborations with labs in other disciplines. Further information at:

Applicants will have, or be close to obtaining, a first degree (first or upper second class) in a biological discipline; be interested in cell biology and microscopy; and be familiar with basic Microsoft Office applications.

The appointee will be enthusiastic, methodical, work effectively as part of a team, be able to perform and analyse experiments with appropriate supervision, willing to engage with the research literature, and able to write regular research reports. The post would be well suited to applicants seeking to gain first-hand research experience before deciding whether to pursue a PhD.

Funds are available for a fixed term of 1 year, after probationary review, with effect from 1 June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary will be £26,243. Key duties are split between providing core lab support (20-30%) alongside an existing lab manager, and execution of a research project (70-80%). The former involves weekly coordination of lab orders and record keeping (for which familiarity with Microsoft Office is required), maintenance of our cell culture facility (for which training will be provided), including regular cell screening procedures; and sharing other communal lab responsibilities. The major role is to contribute to a research project examining how Ca2+ is delivered from the ER to other organelles, which is the major interest of a postdoctoral worker who will be on maternity leave for some of this appointment. According to experience and interests, the appointee will be expected to contribute to cell culture, molecular biology, protein analyses and optical microscopy. Training in these techniques will be provided.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click  “here”. This will direct you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account and log in before completing the online application form. For the online application you will need to provide your personal details, names and e-mail addresses of two referees familiar with your academic performance, CV, your availability and a cover letter (including a description of your experience as it relates to the job specifications). For enquiries about the online application process, please contact Ms Amparo Saez (

The deadline for receipt of applications is 17 May 2019. Interviews of short-listed candidates will take place in late May.

Please quote reference PL19000 on your application and in any correspondence.

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