Research Assistant in Developmental Biology

University of Sheffield - Department of Biomedical Science

Contract Type:F ixed-term until 31st August 2020

Summary: 
A Wellcome Trust/Royal Society funded Research Assistant position is available in Dr Kyra Campbell’s research group. This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Campbell group, who are focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms underlying epithelial cell plasticity during development and disease. We study how this fundamental property is orchestrated during morphogenesis of the Drosophila midgut, and also in exciting Drosophila cancer models that we have recently generated.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic candidate who will play a central role in the lab. You will be involved in all aspects of an ambitious research programme combining molecular biology and Drosophila genetics with high-resolution microscopy on our own dedicated multiphoton confocal, working closely with Dr. Campbell. In addition to carrying out research, you will also be expected to support the research of the laboratory, for instance by providing technical assistance, maintaining and keeping records of reagents and Drosophila stocks and as well as general laboratory organization.

Applicants should have a good honours degree or equivalent experience in a discipline relevant to studying animal development and cellular behaviours, and must have previous experience in the use of model genetic organisms, and molecular biology techniques. Previous experience in generating CRISPR mutants or Drosophila transgenics will be an advantage. This is a unique opportunity for you to carry out cutting-edge microscopy and develop your skills in an exciting multidisciplinary environment.

Candidates must be highly enthusiastic and committed to the project in addition to displaying outstanding motivation and commitment to research in a fast-moving and competitive field. Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills along with the ability to work effectively with other members of the research team are also essential.

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