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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The MRC Cancer Unit’s focus is to conduct world-leading research to understand how cancers develop and seeks to translate this knowledge into new approaches for diagnosis and treatment. The unit is a key participant in the Cambridge Cancer Centre, providing an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with Cambridge colleagues in the biological, physical, chemical and engineering sciences. The successful candidate will join Dr Sakari Vanharanta research group.

The successful candidate will be joining a research team that works on the molecular basis of cancer. The focus of the project will be on cell signaling pathways responsible for cancer progression in novel cancer models. Further information can be found on our website:

We are seeking applicants with a recent PhD in Cancer Biology, Cancer Genetics, Genomics or a relevant subject. A demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed publications is desirable, as is practical experience in experimental laboratory work and experimental models of cancer. Candidates should be able to demonstrate abstract thinking as well as their potential to develop and pursue scientific projects in the field of cancer biology. Good teamwork and communication skills are a distinct advantage.

The position is available from 1 April 2018 until 31 March 2021. Salary will be on the scale £31,604 - £38,833pa (Grade 7) dependent on relevant postdoctoral experience. Candidates that are due to complete their PhD within 6 months of their start date will also be considered. In this case applicants would be appointed at the Research Assistant level with a salary of £28,936 pa (Grade 5), advancing to a Grade 7 Research Associate position following the conferment of your PhD.

Applicants should include a letter outlining suitability for the role, a CV including a list of publications and the contact details for 3 academic referees.

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference SK13392 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for applications is 15 December 2017.

Applications received after the deadline may be considered at the discretion of the assessing panel.