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Arthritis Research UK funded research associate position available in Pharmacology

Research Associate (Fixed Term) Ref:PL07933

Job title: Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department/Location: Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge

Salary: £28,982 - £37,768 pa

Vacancy Reference: PL07933

Position Reference:

Starting date: 21st December 2015

Closing date: 22nd January 2016


Applications are invited for an Arthritis Research UK funded research associate position in the laboratory of Dr Ewan St. John Smith at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge. More information about the laboratory is available at We are looking for a motivated and innovative scientist to carry out research on a project examining how sensory neurone function changes during progression of arthritis. This project will involve a variety of techniques including: electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, behaviour and molecular biology.

The role holder will be based in central Cambridge. The key duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: developing research objectives and conducting the research project, writing up research work for presentation and publication, continually updating knowledge and understanding in the research field, translating knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity, managing own research and administrative activities, assisting in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies (e.g. for funding and contractual purposes), communicating material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain shortly, a PhD in neuroscience or a related discipline. Successful candidates will be expected to have demonstrable experience in one or more of the following areas: patch-clamp electrophysiology, neuronal culture methodology, animal behaviour, pain physiology and live-cell imaging methods. You must be a careful and methodical worker, paying attention to accuracy and ready to take responsibility as part of a team. You should be self-motivated and able to organise, perform and analyse experiments with minimal instruction.

The funds for this post are available with effect from 1st March 2016 (a later start date is negotiable). The starting salary will be £28,982 pa. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) and a security check. Whether the outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Ewan St. John Smith (

The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in science subjects. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender but, as women are currently under-represented at this level in our department, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. 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.

The online application is to include your personal details, names and addresses of referees, as well as your CV, research publications list and cover letter. For enquiries about the online application process please contact Miss Dina Pereira at

Applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted and it is anticipated that interviews will take place up to 12th February 2016.

Please quote reference PL07933  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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Posted on 05/01/2016

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