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Research Associate

University of Bristol - School of Biochemistry

Location: Bristol
Salary: £34,304 to £38,587 Grade I
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 27th August 2021
Closes: 7th October 2021
Job Ref: ACAD105168

The role

A Post-doctoral position is available to join a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in Bristol, investigating the mechanisms controlling immune cell recruitment to sites of tissue damage, using in vivo Drosophila models recently developed in the host labs (e.g. Thuma et al, J. Cell Biol. 217,3045; 2018). In particular, the successful candidate will study how inflammatory cells squeeze through vessel walls to reach their target. This exciting project will involve state-of-the-art live time-lapse imaging (e.g. confocal and light-sheet microscopy), transcriptomic/proteomic analyses, advanced genetics (e.g. CRISPR), flow cytometry and some human Population Health studies.  

The Bristol-based research will be performed in collaboration with the lab of Prof Sussan Nourshargh (QMUL) who will be undertaking complementary studies of immune cell extravasation in murine models.

What will you be doing?

The successful applicant will join the labs of Dr Helen Weavers and Professor Paul Martin within the Faculty of Life Sciences (University of Bristol), an internationally-respected hub of Inflammation research and advanced bioimaging. The role will involve the day-to-day running of the project, performing a range of research tasks, collaborating with other PDRAs (in our labs and at QMUL), and assisting with training and supervision of postgraduate members of our labs.

You should apply if

You will have a PhD (awarded or imminent) in a biological or biomedical science and ideally have some prior experience of working with Drosophila.  Knowledge of tissue repair/regeneration or inflammation is highly desirable but not essential. The successful applicant will be highly organised, eager to learn new skills, ambitious, and able to interact with a broad range of colleagues.

The funds for this position are available for up to 5 years.

For informal enquiries please contact Helen Weavers ( or Paul Martin 

Additional information

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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