We are seeking a motivated Research Assistant to join the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.
The Ludwig Clinical Research Programme aims to elucidate the molecular function of DNA modifications in normal cells, leading to the understanding of how defective pathways contribute to the neoplasia. The research programme is an initiative from the research laboratories of Professor Chunxiao Song, Professor Xin Lu, Dr Benjamin Schuster-Boeckler and Professor Skirmantas Kriaucionis. You will work for a team to develop/modify sequencing related technologies, which will be applied to experimental and clinical samples as well as performing techniques which probe chromatin function with a goal to reveal chromatin alterations in cancer.
You will be responsible for managing your own research and administrative activities, within guidelines provided by senior colleagues, and operating laboratory equipment used for all aspects of cell/molecular biology/biochemistry. You will determine the most appropriate methodologies to test hypotheses and identify suitable alternatives if technical problems arise. You will be responsible for overseeing the daily housekeeping of the laboratory area and performing any other comparable duties as may be required to ensure the efficient running of the laboratory.
It is essential that you hold a degree, together with some experience with molecular biology or biochemistry techniques and knowledge in biochemical assay optimisation, quality control or automation. You will be highly organised, have excellent attention to detail, with the ability to handle precious clinical samples, manage a varied workload under pressure and meet deadlines. It is essential that you have excellent communication skills, including the ability to present data in written and verbal forms, and have a flexible approach to work, with the ability to work independently using your own initiative and as part of a team, supporting colleagues, when necessary, with tasks or requests.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.
This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract for 3 years and is funded by Ludwig.
Applications must be made online by 12.00 noon (UK time) on Monday 31 January 2022.