Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate to join the group of Dr Tom Mitchell within the new Early Cancer Institute on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Our group is interested in improving outcomes of patients with kidney cancer. This is an exciting opportunity to join an established International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED) project between the University of Cambridge, University College London, and the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The work is based on previous findings from the group (Mitchell et al, Cell, 2018; Li et al, Cancer Cell, 2022) and will provide a means of predicting the behaviour of kidney cancer to affect better risk stratification.

We are seeking to hire a motivated post-doctoral Research Associate with a background in molecular biology, cancer, genetics, pathology, or closely related fields to join the team. The successful candidate will join a pioneering research project investigating the relationship between tumour growth (from 3D reconstruction of historical CT scans) and molecular features derived from the sequencing of tumour material. To deliver this project the successful candidate will use a variety of techniques, including laser capture microdissection of tumour material at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the use of methods to interrogate tumour genomes.

The successful candidate will join a collaborative group in a new institute focussed on cancer early detection ( In this post you will have the opportunity to develop your career, through cutting-edge research, interactions with great collaborators in the UK, Europe and the US and be placed on one of the largest biomedicine clusters in the UK.

Applicants should have, or be in the final stages of obtaining, a PhD in a relevant field with practical experience of cellular, molecular or cancer biology.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Mitchell ([email protected] ) directly when considering an application to discuss the project in greater detail.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £31,411) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date: 20th June 2023

Date of interview: To be confirmed

Please quote reference RD36853 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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