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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

DEPARTMENT/LOCATION:     Department of Pharmacology, Central Cambridge
SALARY:                                £26,715-£30,942
REFERENCE:                         PL24877
CLOSING DATE:                    31 December 2020

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.
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 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. Experience with cell culture
methods would be an advantage.
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 February 2021 or as
soon as possible thereafter. The salary range for Research Assistant is £26,715 - £30,942. Key duties are split
between providing core lab support (up to 40%) alongside an existing lab manager, and direct contribution on a
research project. 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 research examining how Ca2+ is delivered from Ca2+ channels in the ER (IP3 receptors) to
other organelles. 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

The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal

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

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).

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Debbie Stanley, pharhr@

Please quote reference PL24877 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.

Proud holders of Athena SWAN Bronze


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