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Post-Doctoral Scientist in Transplantation Science

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, John Radcliffe Hospital

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 p.a. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021
Job Ref: 153050

Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford

We are looking for a highly motivated Post-Doctoral scientist to join Dr Kaisar’s team and work closely with the Oxford Transplant Research Group led by Professor Ploeg. 

You will be based in NHSBT Blood Centre in Filton (Bristol) with flexibility to travel to the Oxford Transplant lab in John Radcliffe Hospital /Churchill Hospital - Oxford University. 

You will lead research in identifying novel molecular markers of deceased donor kidney quality and in investigating key mechanisms of kidney injury and repair that could be targeted to improve the quality of donor organs. You will be using complementary protein biochemistry techniques, histology and in vitro models of human kidney cells.  Your research will utilise unique resources of donor clinical samples from the QUOD biobank ( and QUOD X whole organ platform. This project is part of ADMIRE, a multidisciplinary and multicentre study, recently funded by Kidney Research UK. 

You will be integrated in a highly collaborative work environment with clinicians and senior scientists in organ donation, transplantation and organ reconditioning. You will have the opportunity to work closely with computational and biostatistics scientists based in Big Data Institute (BDI), University of Oxford and imaging and 3-D histology expertise with teams in University of Nottingham and UCL.  You will work on in identifying protein signatures that are strong predictors of kidney dysfunction and in investigating key mechanisms 

The successful candidate must have obtained a PhD in a relevant discipline such as immunology or biochemistry. You must have expertise in protein analysis and data interpretation of proteomic datasets. A background in kidney physiology or research in kidney disease will be advantageous. Excellent communication skills are essential as well as the ability to work independently with little supervision, prioritising your work effectively. 

This full-time post is available from October 2021 and is fixed-term for 24 months. 

Informal enquiries regarding the post are encouraged and can be directed to Dr Maria Kaisar 

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and as part of the application process you are required to upload your CV and a covering letter.  Please quote reference NDSA824 on all correspondence. 

Only applications received before 12 noon on 30 September 2021 can be considered.  Interviews will be held week commencing 11 October 2021.

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