The Chung Lab at the University of Cambridge, Department of Pathology is seeking a Post-doctoral Research Associate to work on a research project focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying rapid translational responses that occur during host:bacterial interactions.

 This post is to pioneer our plant:bacteria translational response program: specifically, to tease apart host responses specific to penetration of the bacterial injectisome from innate immune responses, through the use of genetic mutants and ribosome profiling (see our recent work on using this technology for the discovery of plant RNA ThermoSwitches: PMID 32284544, and the revelation of miRNA-mediated translational regulation in plants: PMID 28970560). Good molecular biology background essential. Bioinformatic skills are preferred but not essential.

Experience with plant materials would be advantageous but is not essential. The successful candidate will be the lead scientist in driving this BBSRC-funded research program and will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to this newly established field.

The position is full-time. Candidates must have a PhD in a related field. Strong analytical, communication, and organizational skills are also required. The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s leading universities, and the Department of Pathology is renowned for its research in the field of molecular biology.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic and supportive environment, and to collaborate with leading researchers in the field. This opportunity is funded by the BBSRC, a major funding body for research in the life sciences in the UK, providing support for research and training in universities, research institutes and other organizations. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 23 January 2026 in the first instance.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online. If you are interested in this opportunity and meet the qualifications, please submit your CV and a cover letter to the Chung Lab at the University of Cambridge.

Please quote reference PK35563 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.

Department/Location: Department of Pathology, Central Cambridge

Salary: £34,308-£42,155

Reference: PK35563

Category: Research

Closing date: 21 March 2023

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