Research Assistant in Muscular Dystrophy

University of Oxford - Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Applications are invited for an experienced and enthusiastic research assistant. The post holder will be a member of Professor Matthew Wood’s laboratory, working under the guidance of a postdoctoral scientist. The post holder will be responsible for the day-to-day planning and execution of the project, in particular planning animal experiments and processing of samples. The post holder will be based at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Le Gros Clark building, South Parks Road, Oxford, UK.

You will be required to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant area of research. Your duties will include working with a postdoctoral scientist to develop and optimise new experimental protocols required to achieve the research objectives of this project. You must have a personal animal licence (PIL) and be proficient in animal handling and husbandry, with expertise in a number of experimental procedures. You must be familiar with basic molecular cell-biology techniques (experience with RT-PCR or qPCR methods and Western blotting) and cell culture procedures. It is imperative that you are able to work independently and be responsible for day-to-day planning of experiments, but also be able to work collaboratively if required. You must be able to communicate effectively with others, particularly with regards to the presentation of scientific data and training of other individuals in the lab.

This post will be funded by Muscular Dystrophy UK for up to 5 months in the first instance, with a possible additional 13 months.

In addition to salary you will receive a generous annual leave entitlement and excellent development opportunities. Benefits package includes pension, childcare assistance and leisure facilities.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 6 November 2017. Interviews are likely to be held the week beginning 13/24 November 2017.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at:

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