Research Associate (Fixed Term) - Department of Clinical Biochemistry University of Cambridge, Department of Clinical Biochemistry United Kingdom

Research Associate (Fixed Term)


A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available within Dr Daniel Fazakerley's group at the Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS). Dr Fazakerley recently relocated to the IMS to lead an innovative programme investigating mechanisms by which insulin signalling regulates glucose transport in adipose and muscle tissue, and how this process breaks down in metabolic disease. This position offers an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated scientist to work in a world-class research environment and to develop their career in cell biology, signalling and intra-cellular trafficking in the context of metabolic disease.


The successful candidate will use a range of molecular biology, biochemical and cell biology techniques to define novel regulators of glucose transport in adipose and muscle tissue. As part of this work, the candidate will help establish a microscopy-based screening platform to monitor glucose transporter trafficking. A good working knowledge of insulin signalling and/or protein trafficking processes would be highly advantageous.


You will be expected to:

  • Plan and design experiments, informed by the published literature

  • Collect and analyse data,

  • Ensure the research is carried out in accordance with good practice and in compliance with local policies and legal requirements

  • Identify, develop and apply a broad range of techniques to pursue your research objectives

  • Contribute to laboratory-wide discussions on developments within the field

  • Present scientific work at internal and external seminars and meetings

  • Draft scientific papers and contribute to overall preparation of research for publication

  • Assist in training students and other members of the laboratory.

  • Identify funding sources to support your future work and career development opportunities.


To be considered for this position, you must:

  • Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent research doctorate in a relevant field (i.e. cell biology, biochemistry)

  • Have a publication record that demonstrates scientific rigor and productivity

  • Have skills in working independently to solve experimental problems.

  • Possess demonstrable record-keeping, organizational, and communication skills


You should have a solid understanding and experience of:

  • A broad range of molecular biology techniques, including recombinant DNA techniques and Western blotting

  • Cell culture, including techniques for genome editing and/or siRNA and plasmid DNA delivery

  • Live cell imaging including confocal and total internal fluorescence microscopy, and image analysis (essential).


Applicants should also be eligible for a Home Office Personal License


Proposed start date: 24th June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.


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 closing date is 28 March 2019, with interviews to be confirmed.


Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online 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.


Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.


Please quote reference RG18281 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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