iPLACENTA Early Stage Researcher

Birmingham, United Kingdom
£31,650 per annum
14 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Aston Medical School

Location:     Aston University Main Campus
Salary:     £31,650 per annum
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (3 years)
Basis:     Full Time
Closing Date:     23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 23 December 2018
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     R180542

iPLACENTA ( is a Horizon 2020 European training network that has received funding from the EU’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie action (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 ). iPLACENTA will provide a 36-month multi-disciplinary PhD training programme for 15 Early Stage Researchers to study, model and visualise the placenta to enhance investigation and prognosis of complicated pregnancies. The overarching objectives in the iPLACENTA network are to unlock the complexity of placental disease by providing mechanistic clues for complex diseases, developing new ways to model placenta function and validating novel clinical diagnostic tools. 

Aston Medical School is looking for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to work on the project “Enhancing imaging of the placenta in murine models of preeclampsia and standardisation of preeclampsia mouse models (ESR11)” as part of iPLACENTA network collaborating with 14 other ESRs based in 11 European academic, industrial and clinical institutes.

The focus of this project is to develop novel models of preeclampsia using genetic modified mouse and to assess the “preeclampsia phenotype” and placental, fetus and maternal cardiovascular function using Ultrasound imaging using VisualSonics latest high frequency ultrasound technology. In addition, molecular characteristics will be conducted to fully characterise the model and assess the placental insufficiency in vivo.  

You will have a good Bachelor (Hons.) degree (either first class or upper second class) or hold an MSc in biomedical/biological science or relevant discipline and experience in Biomedical research and documenting research projects.

The English Language requirements for non-native speakers e.g. IELTS with minimum marks of 6.0 in each section and an overall band of 6.5 or please see the website link below for Entry Requirements:


There is a mobility rule which applies to this position. The respective candidate must not have worked for more than 12 months in the UK within the last three years. Furthermore, the candidate needs to be in his/her first four years of his/her research career. The four years are counted from the date a degree was obtained which formally entitles to embark on a doctorate in the country either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided.

Full details can be found at the Marie Curie ITN guide for applicants You are advised to check this before applying.

Only Home/EU fees will be covered by the University