Research Associate (Fixed Term) at University of Cambridge


Salary:  £27,854-£36,298 pa

Closing date: 3 April 2013

We are currently looking for a highly talented post-doc with a strong interest in microbial immune interactions in complex inflammatory / auto-immune diseases to join the Kaser lab –

You will have a PhD in Immunology, Microbiology or Biology, strong experimental skills in immunology and/or microbiology, and be able to devise original and innovative strategies. You will also have a strong desire for a really interesting scientific challenge and to lead a major theme in our lab. Via an innovative and novel methodological approach that we have been developing, we investigate how the immune system mutually interacts with the microbiota, and what alterations in this relationship imply for the triggering of immune-related diseases in genetically susceptible hosts. We are particularly interested in the inflammatory bowel diseases Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, but the scope of these studies extends to other immune-related disorders and auto-immune conditions. Expertise in microbial ecology (ribotyping/viromics/metagenomics) and bio-informatic analysis is helpful, but not absolutely required as you can acquire these skills on the post.

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Arthur Kaser ( or +44 1223 331130). This post is instantly available and advertised for a 1-year term, but we would be keen to extend it further, conditional on progress of the project and associated funding streams. Major current funding of the Kaser lab comes from the European Research Council (ERC).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

This appointment is subject to a health assessment and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

Applications should include a covering letter, summarising interest in and suitability for the role, a full CV and a completed CHRIS/6 form to by Wednesday 3rd April 2013.

A CHRIS/6 form is available to download from

Please quote reference RC00762 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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