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Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Department of Neuroscience

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,866 to £40,322 per annum. Potential to progress to £44,045 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2021
Closes: 24th March 2021
Job Ref: UOS027686

Contract Type: Fixed-term with a preferred start date of 1 May 2021 until 31 October 2023.


We are looking for a Research Associate to work on an exciting project in collaboration with an industrial partner, Verge Genomics. Verge is an end-to-end therapeutics company that combines a patient data-driven approach with computational science to unlock therapies that have escaped traditional drug discovery, beginning with diseases where patients need solutions the most: neurodegenerative disorders. The project focuses on validating identified gene targets in Parkinson’s disease patient cells. You will join the lab of Dr Heather Mortiboys to work at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in metabolic assays and excellent tissue culture skills, preferably of primary cells and stem cells. The candidate should be passionate about neurodegenerative disease research, ideally with a track record of translational research in this area.

You will conduct laboratory research on a semi-independent basis under direction of the principle investigator, focusing particularly on mitochondrial and lysosomal pathways among others. You will be expected to: design, execute and evaluate experiments; keep excellent experimental records; prepare reports regularly and feed back to the funder and collaborators in regular conference calls and written reports. You are also expected to contribute to the preparation of scientific manuscripts, attend and deliver seminars; locally, nationally and internationally.

You will have a PhD (or be close to completion) in molecular or cellular biology, or neuroscience (or equivalent experience). You will also have a strong background in molecular and cellular neurobiology with an emphasis on mitochondria and stem cell biology. With experience in a range of techniques, particularly cell based assays in human cells. The ideal candidate will have experience in cellular assays in multi well plate format using biochemistry and high content screening as well as growth and differentiation of human stem cells.

The candidate should be strongly motivated, self-driven, able to accept direction and be an excellent team player. Good communication, written and interpersonal skills are expected.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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