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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

DEPARTMENT/LOCATION:    Department of Pharmacology, Central Cambridge

SALARY:                               £32,816-£40,322

REFERENCE:                        PL23412

CLOSING DATE:                   09 August 2020


Applications are invited for a research associate contract (18-months in the first instance) in the laboratory of Dr Paul Miller at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge. I am looking for a motivated, diligent and innovative scientist to study the molecular basis of antibody interactions with membrane proteins involved in blood brain barrier transcytosis. This field of research is vital for the establishment of therapeutic antibody delivery to the central nervous system to treat neurological disorders. This is a great opportunity to nurture skills in cryo-EM and/or X-ray crystallography and execute structure-guided antibody engineering, ideal for follow-on academic and biotechnology careers. The lab utilises automated crystallisation robotics and imaging, and new Arctica and Krios microscopes with Falcon 3/K2/K3 direct detectors. More information about the laboratory is available at

The applicant will hold a PhD with a solid background in structural biology/biophysics/biochemistry. Advantageous experience includes: protein engineering, production and purification; crystallisation and/or cryo-EM and data processing; phage or yeast display platforms; handling membrane proteins. You must be a careful and methodical worker, paying attention to accuracy and ready to take responsibility as part of a team and willing to work in a collaborative environment. You should be self-motivated and able to organise, perform and analyse experiments with minimal instruction.

The role holder will be required to relocate to the Cambridge area (if not already resident there). Key duties and responsibilities include: developing research objectives and conducting the research project, writing up research work for presentation and publication, continually updating knowledge and understanding in the research field, translating knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity, managing own research and administrative activities.

The funds for this post are available from approximately 1st November 2020.

The salary range is £32,816 - £40,322 per annum

Fixed-term: Funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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. Online interviews will take place in August.

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 Paul Miller (

For enquiries about the online application process please contact Debbie Stanley,

Please quote reference PL23412 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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