Research Assistant – Brain Tumour Research

University of Plymouth - Peninsula School of Medicine

A Brain Tumour Research-sponsored research assistant position for a highly motivated scientist is available in the laboratory of Dr. Claudia Barros at the Peninsula School of Medicine of Plymouth University, UK.

The project is an opportunity to characterize novel targets and its human orthologue genes potentially involved in brain tumour initiation and growth, which have been identified in our laboratory. It is expected to expose new mechanisms responsible for brain cancer stem cell development. Molecular biology, cellular and biochemical techniques will be employed, including gene loss and gain of function assays, FACS, RT-qPCR, immunochemistry, western-blotting and confocal imaging. Work will make use of human brain tumour cell lines, tumour tissues of different grades and Drosophila brains.

A relevant 1st class or 2:1 (or equivalent) Bachelor degree is required and a postgraduate research degree may be preferred. You must have experience in some of the mentioned techniques, in particular cell culture and tissue work, and a suitable background knowledge.

Good analytical, organisational and presentation skills, ability to multitask and collaborate with team members, and a genuine dedication to the research work are essential. Please include a cover letter detailing suitability/ experience/ interest and an academic CV with your application, in addition to ensure that 1-2 academic references are received.

Brain Tumour Research charity: www.braintumourresearch.org

This is a Full Time position working 37 hours per week for a Fixed Term period of 7 months due to Funding. There is scope to consider part time working of 27.75 or 18.5 hours per week over a longer terms of 9 or 14 months respectively.

Contact for informal discussion:

Dr. Claudia Barros, Lecturer in Neuroscience/ Principal Investigator, claudia.barros@plymouth.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications: 12 midnight Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Starting date: The position is readily available, with possibility of extension subject to funding and performance.

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is a Stonewall diversity champion.

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry holds a Silver Athena Swan Award and the University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia.

Plymouth University has been recognised by Bloomberg as one of the 50 best UK employers for 2016.

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