Research Associate, Screening for Biomarkers in Synovial Fluid to Stratify Osteoarthritis

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum, depending on experience
16 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 15/10/2018
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum, depending on experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : Available from 1 October 2018 for twelve months

Applications are invited for a highly motivated PDRA to work on the stratification of patients with osteoarthritis, based on their gene expression profiles. This project is funded by the MRC Confidence-in-Concept Award and has the promise of bringing significant advances to the more effective treatment of osteoarthritic patients. The post is based on a collaborative project between Prof. Tim Hardingham and Prof. Qing-Jun Meng (Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester) and is focussed on proteomic analysis of synovial fluid matched with gene expression in cartilage. This is an ideal opportunity to join an exciting research project with clear translational potential and human benefits (see Soul et al 2018). The project will benefit from the strong research activities in Manchester on cartilage biology, osteoarthritis and cell-matrix research, and the easy access to the adjacent clinical research facilities. You should hold a PhD in a biological discipline. Relevant experience in cell biology, RNA sequencing and proteomics are essential. Previous working experience of skeletal/cartilage biology is desirable.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. The appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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