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Department of Pharmacology


Salary: £27,929-£32,348 (pro rata)

Reference: PL34768

Closing date: 31 January 2023

Applications are invited for a part-time (0.6 FTE) Research Assistant / Lab Manager position in the laboratory of Prof. Ewan St. John Smith at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge for an immediate start to work on a Wellcome Trust Discovery Award project in collaboration with Dr David Hughes at the University of Glasgow.

The project, ENDASCOP: Establishing Neuronal Drivers And the Spinal Circuitry of Osteoarthritis Pain, will use a combination of viral and transgenic animal technologies to elucidate the roles of sensory neuron subpopulations in a mouse model of osteoarthritis.

We are looking for a diligent, motivated, and innovative research assistant to join our group who will assist with the lab management aspects of this project; more information about the laboratory is available at

The role holder will be based in central Cambridge. The key duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: mouse genotyping / colony management, processing of tissue for histological analysis, assisting with tissue dissection / cell culture, and general administrative activities to support the project, such as ordering reagents and maintaining lab databases.

Successful candidates will likely have demonstrable experience of working in a biological sciences research environment and some aspects of lab management / administration. You must be a careful and methodical worker, paying attention to accuracy. You should be self-motivated and able to work effectively in a team, as well as being able to work independently. Applicants should have, or expect to obtain shortly, a degree in neuroscience or a related discipline.

The funds for this post are available initially for 36-months, but subject to extension to up to 96 months, should both parties agree.

Click here to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted and it is anticipated that initial interviews will take place in February.

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

The online application is to include your personal details, names and addresses of referees, as well as your CV and cover letter. For enquiries about the online application process please contact the HR Team at

Please quote reference PL34768 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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.

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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