Research Associate in Medicine

University of Cambridge Department of Medicine

United Kingdom

Applications are invited from an enthusiastic and motivated Post-doctoral Research Associate to join Prof Martin Bennett's group, based within the Department of Medicine at Cambridge University, UK. The post is funded by a British Heart Foundation Project Grant for up to 3 years, and will investigate the mechanisms underlying vascular disease, the commonest cause of death in the world (

This programme focuses on how DNA damage from either drugs or irradiation affects blood vessels. We have identified the fundamental roles of cell senescence in vascular disease, and how DNA damage pathways that lead to cell senescence and death in vivo. This project will focus on how senescence regulates inflammation and vascular function. Examples of our research include: Wang, et al Circulation, 2015, 132: 1909-1919, Chappell et al Circ Res 2016.;119:1313-1323, Shah et al Circulation 2018. 138:1446¿1462, Dobnikar et al Nature Comms 2018. 9:4567, Foote et al Aging Cell 2018.e12773, Grootaert et al, Circ Res 2021 (

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a relevant biological subject, together with experience in molecular biology, cell biology, and in vivo studies. A background in cell senescence and inflammation/immunity would be desirable. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently, are also essential.

We are seeking to recruit at post-doctoral level but we will consider applicants who have recently submitted, or are in the process of submitting, for a PhD degree*.

Informal enquiries directed to Professor Martin Bennett ( are encouraged.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

Closing Date: 5th October 2022

Interview Date: to be confirmed

*Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded, appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded (PhD needs to be awarded within 6 months of the start date)

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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