Research Assistant

Salary: £20,109 - £21,315 pro rata

Closing date: 18th February 2019

2 year fixed term, 35 hours per week

The Animal Health Trust is a leading charity dedicated to the improvement of animal health and welfare through veterinary research, together with high quality clinical services and a commitment to education. The Trust comprises of the Centre for Small Animal Studies, Centre for Equine Studies and Centre for Preventive Medicine.

We are currently seeking a research assistant to join an exciting new project based within the Canine Genetic Research team which investigates the genetic basis of inherited canine diseases.

Funded by Dogs Trust, we are establishing a new Consortium to Research Inherited Eye Diseases in Dogs (CRIEDD), that is comprised of canine geneticists at the AHT and Veterinary Ophthalmologists from the AHT and other institutions, the aim of which is to streamline and improve the way we identify mutations responsible for inherited canine eye diseases and develop new DNA tests.

The successful applicant will use current genotyping and sequencing methods to identify causal mutations as well organising liasons between consortium members.  They will report to the Head of Canine Genetics and carry out laboratory based research under the supervision, advice and guidance of senior members of the research team.

They will be expected to plan their own day-to-day research activity within the context of the required research programme, participate in internal research activities, contribute to the production of research outputs, undertake literature surveys as required and liaise with veterinary ophthalmologist involved in the study and maintain these collaborative relationships.

For further information please contact Cathryn Mellersh, Head of Canine Genetics by email

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your CV and covering letter, stating why you are interested in this role to or by post to Human Resources Department, Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket CB8 7UU.


Closing date: 18 February 2019

Interviews: w/c 4 March 2019