Senior Research Associate in Trypanosome Gene Regulation

Lancaster, Lancashire
£34,804 to £40,322
11 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
08 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Senior Research Associate in Trypanosome Gene Regulation

Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Tuesday 08 September 2020
Reference:  A3070

We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate to join the laboratory of Dr Mick Urbaniak in the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Lancaster University, UK. This BBSRC funded project will investigate the mechanisms by which African trypanosomes sense and respond to iron availability in the mammalian host using a combination of genetic and proteomic techniques. 

 Lancaster University has a world-class reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching and research. The Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, within the Faculty of Health and Medicine, is a rapidly growing, innovative and vibrant Division whose research effort is directed towards understanding basic cellular and physiological mechanisms that underpin disease states. Our lab investigates how trypanosomes use post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression to respond to changes in their environment, such as iron availability (see Benz et al (2018), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0206332). You will be joining a small, dedicated team in a well-equipped laboratory space with facilities including Biohazard Category 2 and 3 laboratories.

Candidates are required to have a PhD in Biochemistry or a related subject, and a strong background in either trypanosome cell biology or quantitative proteomics. Experience of molecular biology, cell culture techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of data is essential. Experience of working with African trypanosomes, RNA and proteomic techniques would be an advantage, although training will be given.

The Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences is a friendly research environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee and which actively promotes a healthy work-life balance. The Faculty is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies and has held a Silver Athena SWAN award since 2014 in recognition of its good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Informal enquiries are welcomed, please contact Dr Mick Urbaniak: 

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 30th September 2023. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups and are happy to consider flexible working requests.

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