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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

DEPARTMENT/LOCATION:    Department of Pharmacology, Central Cambridge

SALARY:                                 £26,715-£40,322

REFERENCE:                           PL23294

CLOSING DATE:                    26 July 2020

Applications are invited for a Versus Arthritis funded Research Associate position in the laboratory of Dr Ewan St. John Smith at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge for an immediate start (subject to COVID-19 travel/work conditions). More information about the laboratory is available at We are looking for a motivated and innovative scientist to carry out a research project examining the role of modulators of the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.7 in relation to joint pain. The work is a collaboration with Dr Tony Jackson in the Dept. of Biochemistry (

A variety of techniques will be employed, including: dorsal root ganglion culture, electrophysiology, behavioural work and proteomics.

The role holder will be based in central Cambridge. The key duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: developing and conducting the project, writing up research work for publication, managing own research and administrative activities, helping in the supervision of students and assisting in grant writing.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain shortly, a PhD in neuroscience or a related discipline. Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (£26,715 - £30,942). Upon the award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (£32,816 - £40,322). Successful candidates will likely have demonstrable experience in cellular electrophysiology and holding a valid Home Office Personal Licence is highly desirable. You must be a careful and methodical worker, paying attention to accuracy and ready to take responsibility as part of a team. You should be self-motivated and able to organise, perform and analyse experiments with minimal instruction.

The salary range if appointed as a Research Assistant is £26,715 - £30,942 per annum and Research Associate is £32,816 - £40,322 per annum.

The funds for this post are available for 18 months.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in science subjects. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender but, as women are currently under-represented at this level in our department, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted and it is anticipated that interviews will take place virtually via Zoom in the week commencing 27th July.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

The online application is to include your personal details, names and addresses of referees, as well as your CV, research publications list and cover letter.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Ewan St. John Smith (

For enquiries about the online application process please contact Mrs Debbie Stanley at phar­

Please quote reference PL23294 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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