Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Living Systems Institute

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group University in the top one percent of institutions globally. In the last few years we have invested strategically to deliver more than £350 million worth of new facilities across our campuses with plans for another £330 million of investment. The Living Systems Institute (LSI) is a major new initiative designed to promote interdisciplinary research that transcends the boundaries of mathematics, engineering and the biological, medical and physical sciences. The College of Life and Environmental Sciences now wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to be based in the Living Systems Institute to support the research of Dr Steve West. This position is available from 20 February 2017 for a fixed term period of three years.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the lab of Steven West housed in the new and state-of-the-art Living Systems Institute. The West lab researches the mechanisms of RNA polymerase II transcription in human cells. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to carry out a fantastic project that studies how post-translational modification of RNA polymerase II facilitates gene transcription and RNA maturation. More specifically, the successful applicant will use cutting-edge CRISPR/Cas9 based gene editing to study the functions of enzymes known to modify RNA polymerase II. These technologies will then be coupled to next generation sequencing analysis to gain a global view of transcription. Thus, the candidate will gain experience in the very latest techniques in a hugely exciting area of research. Moreover, the unique inter-disciplinary environment of the Living Systems Institute will be a thriving and stimulating one in which to perform this research. 

The successful candidate should have a PhD in the general area of transcription or RNA biology and be experienced in relevant Molecular Biology techniques and mammalian tissue culture (e.g. DNA and RNA analysis, generation and manipulation of mammalian cell lines). Appropriately, the candidate will be expected to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the research area and an ability to think critically about their research. They should also be able to demonstrate success in their research preferably by having a record of scientific publication. Though not essential, some experience of Bioinformatics would be an advantage.

For informal enquiries or further information please send an email for the attention of Dr Steve West to

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P55355 in any correspondence.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

The department is proud to have a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. All of the University of Exeter’s STEM/M departments hold an Athena SWAN award.

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