Research Fellow - School of Biological Sciences

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Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
£33,797 pro rata, per annum
18 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Nov 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University of Aberdeen

School of Biological Sciences

Research Fellow


We seek highly motivated individuals with a strong interest in the control of body weight and the relationship with dietary intake.

This research position is funded by the Bilateral BBSRC/ Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). This is a joint project involving Professor John R. Speakman, Dr Alex Douglas and Dr Sharon Mitchell at the University of Aberdeen and Dr Kanishka Nilaweera, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Cork, Ireland. 

This position will be available for a researcher with expertise in neuro-endocrinology, molecular biology, physiology and experience of bioinformatics. Experience of in vivo animal work is essential, and holders of HO personal licences are preferred. The researcher will work as part of a team to elucidate the mechanisms in the hypothalamus regulating tissue growth that are sensitive to dietary energy content and composition. 

This post is available immediately and as it is externally funded by BBSRC it is available until 30 June 2020. 

Salary will be on the Grade 6 salary scale (£33,797 pro rata, per annum) 

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period. 

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. The minimum salary threshold to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post is £29,000 per annum. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualifications and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Marian Elliott-Jones, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273757 or email for further information. 

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 17 November 2019 

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact

Prof John Speakman or Dr Sharon Mitchell; 

Please do not send application forms or CVs to either Prof Speakman or Dr Mitchell unless requested to do so.

Please quote reference number SBS071R on all correspondence 

The School of Biological Sciences welcomes a diverse working environment and recognises the benefits this can bring.  The School is keen to receive applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics (race, gender, disability, gender reassignment, age, sexual orientation, religion/belief, pregnancy/maternity, marriage/civil partnership).

The University supports opportunities for flexible working for a range of reasons and has policies in place to facilitate this.  The policies can be found here:

The University’s commitment to gender equality has been recognised through the achievement of an Athena SWAN Bronze award.  The University is also a Stonewall Diversity Champion to further LGBT equality and a Disability Committed Employer recognising our commitment to supporting disabled staff and students.