Research Assistant

University of Edinburgh - MRC Centre for Inflammation Research

A Research Assistant position (for one year initially, which may be extendable dependent on progress) is available with Professor Neil Henderson and Mr Chris West within the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh.

Scarring of the skin is common, and can markedly change people's lives. Scarring is caused by a variety of accidents including burns and trauma, and by surgery used to repair congenital conditions in children or diseases like cancer. The painful emotional challenges of living with visible scars can last a lifetime. Many people experience significant pain, restricted function and deep psychological anxiety because of hard to heal wounds and scarring conditions.

This study will investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms driving fibrosis in human scars. The post holder will use a broad range of cutting-edge techniques including novel multicolour flow cytometry / cell sorting and confocal / multiphoton imaging of human scar tissue. In this research program we aim to identify the key pro-fibrogenic cellular subpopulations driving human scarring, which will allow the identification of new, rational anti-fibrotic targets to prevent and treat patients suffering with the physical and psychological effects of scarring.

The post requires a highly motivated candidate ideally with experience in flow cytometry and cell sorting, and with expertise in in vitro and in vivo basic science techniques.

Informal enquiries: and

Henderson Lab webpage:

The Scar Free Foundation webpage:

Changing Faces webpage:

For further particulars and to submit an application, visit the University of Edinburgh’s website via the apply button below.

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