Research Associate in the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom


The University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral scientist to join the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit.

A Cell Biologist is needed to join the research groups of Drs. Edmund Kunji and Julien Prudent. The post holder will work within a programme focussed on mitochondrial transporter proteins. Transport processes are crucial for the functioning of mammalian mitochondria and mutations in transport proteins cause of a wide range of metabolic, neuromuscular and developmental diseases. Basic molecular understanding of the regulatory and transport mechanism of transporters is required to understand their role in health and disease. This project is part of a collaborative Sinergia - SNF grant together with Prof. Dr. Matthias Hediger and Prof. Dr. Martin Lochner of the University of Bern.

The goal of the project is to study the location and function of calcium-regulated mitochondrial transport proteins. The post-holder will participate in every stage of the process, from the generation of cell lines, gene editing, and generation of molecular probes, to imaging by advanced light and electron microscopic techniques. There will also be an opportunity to study their role and function using a range of other biochemical and biophysical techniques.

Candidates will have a PhD in Cell Biology or related disciplines, and a track record of related research achievements. Extensive experience in cell biology, advanced microscopy, and intracellular calcium homeostasis analysis are essential.

The MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit is a world-renowned centre for mitochondrial research. Additional information can be found at

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

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The closing date for applications is Sunday 19th May 2019 with interview dates yet to be confirmed.

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