An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Research Assistants in Molecular Diagnostics to join the research group of Professor Anna Schuh, Director of Molecular Diagnostics, Department of Oncology. The position is ideally suited for a BSc in biology or biochemistry who wishes to pursue a career in molecular diagnostics and precision medicine.
The post will be based at the Oxford Molecular Diagnostic Centre (MDC), a clinically accredited, inter-disciplinary centre funded to undertake major programmes of translational research in molecular diagnostics in cancer and haematological malignancies within the University of Oxford.
You will be expected to provide support for all activities of the MDC, and in particular for two major programmes of work. The first one is the OxPLored study that aims to recruit 1650 probands with pre-malignant B-cell disorders. The second programme is about the development of innovative diagnostic tools for blood disorders in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a Global Health Initiative that aims to create a financially viable next-generation sequencing/molecular pathology diagnostics facilities in sub-Saharan Africa starting with Tanzania and Uganda.
You will provide day-to-day cover of the laboratory work of the MDC and will be expected to participate in all aspects of biomarker/IVD development from early hypothesis generating studies to early adoption. You will participate in technical validations of molecular technologies and produce data used to evaluate the clinical utility of these technologies.
You will assist in on-going collaborative work in the centre, including designing experiments and analysing data with collaborators, organising and supervising sample analysis from patients recruited into clinical trials and/or samples from research collaborations.
You will have a BSc/MSc degree in an appropriate scientific subject and will have a basic knowledge of human genetics and molecular diagnostic techniques. Experience/training in the field, ideally in genetics or histopathology is an essential requirement of the role, together with research or teaching experience and a demonstrable track record of publishing scientific papers in peer reviewed journals. A willingness to travel and work in Sub-Saharan Africa for periods of up to 2 weeks at a time is required for this role.
This is a full-time post and is available for 3 years. All applicants must complete a short application form and upload a CV and supporting statement.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 23 August 2019.