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Postdoctoral Research Assistant (in Ageing and Mitochondrial Molecular Cell Biology)

Biology

Location:  Ormskirk/UK
Salary:  £31,406 to £34,304 per annum
Fixed Term-3 years
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Sunday 17 July 2022
Reference:  EHA2267-0422-R

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Molecular Cell Biology and Mechanisms of Disease Group led by Professor Luminita Paraoan, in the Department of Biology at Edge Hill University. The project is central to the main area of research in the group, specifically biology and function of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in health, ageing and disease. The project aims to use innovative advanced in vitro iPSC-derived models to investigate the role of mitochondrial dynamics and the mechanism of the endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondrial communication in ageing retinal pigmented epithelium in the context of identifying new therapeutic interventions for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 

The experimental research will be carried out in fully equipped, modern laboratories in the Tech Hub, with opportunities to engage with numerous established national and international collaborations of the group and to attend top scientific conferences.

About You

As a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, you should have (or have already submitted) a PhD in biochemistry or molecular/cell biology, with an excellent educational and research record, inquisitive mind and exceptional drive for innovative research. You can apply your research skills to a stimulating project and be willing to master new and existing techniques. You can be responsible for taking initiatives and responsibilities, under supervision of the principal investigator, in the planning of research, developing and applying suitable techniques and obtaining valid experimental data. 

You will be able to be responsible for data analysis, records of findings, internal and external presentation of your data, attendance at conferences as necessary, preparing reports for research sponsors, drafting and preparation of publications for refereed journals, contribution to writing bids for research grants. You can undertake instruction of practical work of PhD, Masters and undergraduate students as agreed. You will also be expected to be able to engage with the national and international collaborations of the group, and promote the reputation of the laboratory, Faculty and wider University.

Experience in investigating models of disease is highly desirable, with required skills in cell culture, confocal microscopy, molecular biology and interpreting complex datasets.

Rewards/Benefits

You will benefit from 25 days annual leave plus 13 bank holiday and University closure days per annum. You will be automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme and have access to our staff benefits platform. We aim to provide our staff with a positive work life balance and have a range of schemes in place to support this. 

About Us

You’ll be working for a multi award-winning institution that has been named Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and shortlisted for the overall UK University of the Year award. Edge Hill has also recently been awarded University of the Year in the Educate North Awards (2021) in recognition of our continued commitment to deliver an exceptional student experience.

Based on an award-winning campus in West Lancashire, Edge Hill University offers a stimulating and empowering environment for ambitious and high performing professionals.

For informal enquiries you may wish to contact: Professor Luminta Paraoan, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at Luminita.Paraoan@edgehill.ac.uk. 

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society.

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