Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position to be based in the University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, central Cambridge, working in the laboratory of Prof. Jussi Taipale. The position will be offered for an initial two years, with the potential to extend.

The laboratory consists of experimental biologists and computer scientists who focus on the study of transcriptional control of cell growth, using functional genomics and systems biology, and mouse genetic models. Current lines of work include high-throughput determination of binding sites and binding specificities of human transcription factors, and using this information to identify regulatory elements that control cell growth during normal development and in cancer (see, for example Hallikas et al., Cell 124:47-59, 2006; Sur et al., Science 338:1360-1363, 2012; Jolma et al., Cell 152:327-339, 2013; Jolma et al., Nature 527:384-388, 2015; Yin et al., Science 356:eaaj2239, 2017; Zhu et al., Nature 562:76-81, 2018; Yan et al., Nature 591:147-151, 2021; Sahu et al., Nature Genetics 54:283¿294, 2022). The lab is also very well equipped with its own sequencers, 10x Genomics controller and robots for high-throughput work.

The work profile is a combination of wet-lab and dry-lab tasks. The successful applicant will pursue an independent research project in the general area of gene expression. Candidates with experience or interest in machine learning, artificial intelligence and programming are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have, or will soon have, a PhD in computational biology, molecular biology, genetics, or biochemistry.

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

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If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr Connor Rogerson ( or if your questions relate to the application process, please contact the Departments Personnel Team (

Please quote reference PH31596 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.

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