School of Clinical Medicine Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Summary Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position within the Williams-Gray lab. The lab works at the interface of clinical and laboratory science, and focuses on the heterogeneity of Parkinson's disease and the underlying biological basis of this. The successful candidate will contribute to an expanding programme of research investigating the role of the immune system in driving the progression of Parkinson's disease. This will include the opportunity to play an integral role in a phase 2 randomised controlled trial of an immunosuppressant drug in Parkinson's disease through laboratory analysis of biosamples, including detailed immunophenotyping and functional immune assays using peripheral blood and cerebrospinal fluid derived cells, collected pre and post treatment. We seek applicants with a PhD in biological sciences, together with practical experience of flow cytometry and in vitro immunological assays in human biosamples. The successful candidate will ideally have relevant experience and specialist knowledge in the fields of both neurodegeneration and immunology. The post holder will work within a close clinical and scientific team of research assistants, doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and clinicians. They will be expected to work in a team environment and to support and contribute to a number of related projects on immune function in Parkinson's disease which are currently ongoing within the lab. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 January 2023 in the first instance. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application. For questions relating to the post, please contact Dr Caroline Williams-Gray at [email protected] Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online. Closing date: 19th January 2020 Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 ZE21990 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.