Research Associate

University of Leicester - Cardiovascular Sciences

Full-time open ended contract subject to fixed term funding. Funding is available until 31 August 2022

Ref: MBP02044

Together our staff and students are discovering innovative ways to change the world for the better and there has never been a more exciting time for you to join us. We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are led by discovery and innovation, with the synergy between research and learning at the core of our activity.

This post is associated with a BHF-funded research programme aimed to determine and utilise the molecular mechanisms involved in organ-protective effects of obesity during and after cardiac surgery. You will be working as a member of a multidisciplinary team involving medical professionals, trial managers, statisticians, bioinformaticians and biologists. The principal task will be to establish a biobank of human trial samples and analyse that resource using techniques such as ChIP, mRNA and miRNA profiling, next generation sequencing and a range of cell and molecular biology assays. The latter will be achieved in close collaboration with University of Leicester van Geest proteomics, Nucleus Genomics and bioinformatics facilities to optimise new methods and develop an analysis platform for generating and harvesting large amounts of cardiac surgery data.

The Cardiac Surgery Research Group is based in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences which is internationally recognised for its research into a wide spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, combining both basic and clinical research, including practice-changing clinical trials. The Department hosts the Cardiovascular theme of the Leicester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and has close links with the British Heart Foundation.

The British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiac Surgery is held by Professor Gavin Murphy, who leads one of the largest surgical research groups in the UK. The group undertakes early translational, Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials, as well as evaluative research.

You will be expected to contribute to the experimental design and laboratory analysis plans and determining the direction of the programme in line with reaching the research goals of the research projects, develop their independent research and provide guidance to the other members of the team.

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Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Tracy Kumar on or 0116 258 3039.

The closing date for this post is midnight on 30 October 2017.

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