Research Assistant (Fixed Term): Highly motivated graduate scientists are invited to apply for the position of Research Assistant, based at the Crop Science Centre, Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, to work in Dr Lida Derevnina’s laboratory, starting as soon as possible.

This is an exciting opportunity for somebody passionate about scientific research to join a new team and work in a state-of-the-art laboratory and the successful candidate will be joining a vibrant and friendly group of research technicians and researchers in the Crop Science Centre.

The Crop Science Centre which opened in October 2020 benefits from the diverse skills and expertise of the University of Cambridge and NIAB, providing an environment for research excellence in crops, with the drive and expertise for scientific translation to address real-world problems. About 50 staff and students are located at the Centre, distributed in between three established research groups and three fellows starting new research programs.

The Derevnina lab focuses on understanding plant-pathogen interactions. The lab aims to understand how pathogens interfere with plant immune receptor networks to drive disease resistance breeding.

The role holder will report to Dr Derevnina and will assist in the day-to-day running of the lab, including purchasing and lab organisation to contribute to smooth running of research activities. They will also be able to develop and execute their own independent research projects, as well as providing support to existing projects.

Successful candidates will have a BSc or MSc (or equivalent) in biological or life sciences, with a strong background in molecular biology and biochemistry. Experience in computational biology, cell biology and/or synthetic biology as well as experience working with plants (such as Nicotiana benthamiana and potato) will be advantageous. The role holder will have good IT skills, excellent organisation skills and the ability to work independently once trained.

We strive for a diverse and creative environment and wish to broaden representation in the agricultural sciences. We welcome a diversity of applicants.

The role holder will work as part of a wider team of laboratory technicians and research assistants, therefore, a willingness to help when demands are high and being a strong team player is essential. The role holder will also need good communication and interpersonal skills.

This is a full-time position. Appointment will be made on a fixed-term basis, for 2 years, in the first instance.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Lida Derevnina (

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have not received any response 1 month after the closing date, you should consider your application to be unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD38866 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.

Further information:

Salary: £29,605-£33,966

Closing date: 3 November 2023

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