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[Closes 30 June 2017] Research Associate in Nucleic Acid Diagnostics (SynBio/Molecular Biology)

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge has partnered with the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens in Ghana to investigate nucleic acid diagnostics for resource poor countries. A post-doctoral Research Associate position is available with the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology team, University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will spend circa 6-7 months at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge and 5-6 months at the University of Ghana. The project will be under the supervision of Prof. Lisa Hall (Cambridge) and Prof. Gordon Awandare (Ghana).

The Collaboration involves the development of a nucleic acid diagnostic (pi-NAD) for febrile disease outbreaks to enable informed treatment and targeted antibiotic use. The Cambridge team have developed a new technology for design of nucleic acid polymerases. Taking a synthetic biology and molecular biology approach, the project aims to build on this technology for transfer to low resource settings. The research will set the foundations in Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology and then transfer to the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens in Ghana in the Spring of 2018.

The successful candidate will be expected to assume intellectual leadership in driving the molecular biology and its application, as well as contributing to the wider, ongoing development of the programme of disease diagnostics for resource poor settings. This will involve integration with teams working in Cambridge and Ghana, driving the underpinning molecular technology, making key design decisions, and ensuring their realisation. Activities will include leading and participating in research discussions between the two centres and locating to Ghana during the second part of the project to transfer the technology from the Cambridge team and provide field experience.

Closing date: 30 June 2017

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