Research Fellow

University of Edinburgh - Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

£32,004 - £38,183pa for 35 hours per week – fixed term for 18 months

A Research Fellow position is available with Dr Liam Morrison and Dr Finn Grey at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. The project aims to develop small RNAs released by African trypanosomes as diagnostic tools to detect active human and livestock infections. The project is supported for 1.5 years in the first instance (Wellcome Trust Pathfinder Award).

African trypanosomes are vector-borne protozoa causing significant disease across sub-Saharan Africa - there is a requirement for accurate field-deployable diagnostics for both human and livestock trypanosomiasis. Drs Morrison and Grey have identified small RNA species from human- and animal-infective trypanosomes that represent highly promising diagnostic markers. The successful candidate will develop assays to detect target trypanosome RNAs sensitively and specifically, in partnership with industry collaborators (Miroculus).

The candidate will possess a PhD (or be near completion) in a relevant biological science and a record of high-quality research. Experience of work with small RNAs and/or diagnostic development is desirable, and knowledge of molecular biology techniques, pathogen and RNA biology would be advantageous. The candidate will have a proven ability to design, execute and interpret experiments, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, be highly motivated, and work effectively independently and as part of a team.

Closing date: 12th December 2016

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