Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School

This new full-time post is available from 1 July 2018 on a fixed term basis until 30 June 2020.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow to participate in a JDRF funded collaborative research project that is investigating the phenotype of immune cells infiltrating the pancreas in type 1 diabetes. The project will employ immunocytochemical, molecular and cell biological approaches to study the phenotype of B-cells found in the insulitic lesions present in and around islets of Langerhans in pancreas samples available from people with type 1 diabetes. Use will also be made of islet microdissection techniques, RNA extraction, immunocytochemistry and molecular biology to identify the B-cell subtypes present in pancreas samples.  

You will 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 a PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a relevant field of study
  • possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies
  • be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and contribute fully to team goals
  • have an excellent training including, ideally, experience in techniques relevant to molecular and cell biology, immunohistochemistry and/or confocal microscopy

 To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, onsite gym, cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website or some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

For further information, please contact Prof Noel Morgan ( or Dr Sarah Richardson ( or (01392) 408215.

The College is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment and impact to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects.  Our Inspiring Stories tell you more about how we support our staff, including through a mentoring programme to help our staff learn from the professional and life experience of colleagues and explore opportunities and actions for career progression. 

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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