Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

We are a Russell Group university boasting a vibrant academic community with over 21,000 students.  Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, 98% of our research is rated as being of international quality and focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing the world today. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

The post

Highly motivated PhD candidates and postdoctoral research fellows are sought to participate in a Wellcome Trust/AMS- and BBSRC- funded projects in the Chahwan group, at the new Living Systems Institute - Exeter, to study the role of chromatin regulation in the DNA damage response, antibody diversification, and aging. The full time positions are available from 1st of November 2017 for 2.5 years.

The successful applicant will be conducting this work in a vibrant and enthusiastic research environment with the potential to spend time in New York City as part of an ongoing collaboration. For recent examples of our work, please see Wei et al., PNAS 112(7):E728-37 (2015); Chahwan/Schaetzlein et al., PNAS 110(27):E2470-9 (2013); Chahwan et al., JEM 209(4):671-8 (2012); Chahwan/Ramachandran et al., PNAS 107(2):809-14 (2010); Chahwan et al., TIGS 26(10):443-8 (2010); and Kolas et al., Science 318(5856):1637-40 (2007).

The ideal candidate will have experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology or a related science; and first author publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals commensurate with research experience. A high level of technical competence and considerable experience in tissue culture techniques and in vivo mice procedures, and experience in standard molecular, biochemical, and immunological techniques are also important, particularly for the postdoc position. Prior experience in the DNA damage response and/or immunity fields would be especially desirable, though not an absolute requirement.

About you

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

You will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events. You will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies and will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • The new and unique £52 million Living Systems Institute environment with its state of the art facility and a vibrant research environment.
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

For further information please contact Dr Richard Chahwan, e-mail r.chahwan@ex.ac.uk or telephone (01392) 723104.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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