Research Fellow (Maternity Cover)

University of Southampton - Southampton General Hospital - Epigenetics

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in Epigenetics position in the Faculty of Medicine, Human Development and Health Academic Unit.

There is now substantial evidence that poor intra-uterine environment induces changes in the fetal epigenome which increase its future risk of disease in later life. Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to join our multidisciplinary group to investigate the changes in DNA methylation associated with obesity and other cardiometabolic risk factors, their stability over time, and their potential use as predictive biomarkers to identify individuals at increased risk of obesity. This post is funded by the NHMRC.

You must have a PhD* or equivalent qualifcations and experience in biological sciences, with experience in sodium bisulfite pyroseqeuncing and statistical analysis. The successful applicant will be based in the recently opened state-of-the-art Institute of Developmental Sciences Building at the University Hospital Southampton. It is anticipated that the post will be taken up in October 2017 for a fixed term of 1 year, until 30 September 2018.

You will join the academic unit of Human Development and Health (, which focuses on world leading research into human development and the mechanisms that underlie its impact on health and disease. HDH scientists, clinicians, and students work in the laboratory, office, lecture theatre, and clinic to understand the science, deliver excellence in teaching, and develop new treatments to make a difference.

Potential applicants who wish to discuss this post are welcome to contact Professor Karen Lillycrop (, Dr Graham Burdge (, or Professor Keith Godfrey (

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Geraldine Lewis (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 905017AF on all correspondence.

The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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