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Research Assistant (Karadottir Lab)

Posted by , on 16 December 2015

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge

Salary: £25,023-£28,982

Reference: PS07891

Closing date: 12 January 2016

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

The Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute draws together outstanding researchers from 25 stem cell laboratories in Cambridge to form a world-leading centre for stem cell biology and medicine. Scientists in the Institute collaborate to generate new knowledge and understanding of the biology of stem cells and provide the foundation for new medical treatments.

We are looking for a motivated, and independent research assistant to join a research project to further investigate how neurons and glutamate signalling regulate CNS stems cells differentiation and remyelination in white matter diseases, a mechanism we recently identified as being important for myelin regeneration (Gautier et al, Nature Communications 2015). The project will involve identifying new mechanisms of how neurons regulate CNS differentiation and new drug targets that can be used to augment myelin regeneration.

Homepages of the team:

Requirements: We are looking for candidates, with a BSc level qualification in the field of neuroscience/biochemistry/stem cell biology/medicine, and that have experience working with animals. Candidates with experience in surgery and/or molecular biology are particularly encouraged to apply.

We are specially looking for candidates that are collaborative with effective communication skills and enjoy working in a team.

Start date is flexible but can be as early as February 2016. This position is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

This project is a collaboration between Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, the Department of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, and the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for all applications is the Tuesday 12 January 2016.

Please upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application to supplement your 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.

Informal enquiries about the post are also welcome via email on

Interviews will be held in mid-January 2016. If you have not been invited for interview by 30 January 2016, you have not been successful on this occasion.

Please quote reference PS07891 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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