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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow

University of Exeter - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £32,982 on Grade E for the Postdoctoral Research Associate role and from £41,732 on Grade F for the Postdoctoral Research Fellow role, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 10th January 2024
Job Ref: P90809

This new full-time post is available from February 2024 until 31 January 2028 on a fixed term basis.

The post

The Faculty wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in unravelling the intricate cellular regulation of basement membrane (BM) growth and organisation. This Wellcome funded post is available starting from February 2024 until 31 January 2028. The successful applicant will use a combination of genetic perturbations, biophysical approaches and several high resolution imaging techniques to identify molecular regulators of BM growth during the development of the fruit fly Drosophila. This position offers a unique opportunity to work at the interface of biology and physics, mastering a wide set of cutting-edge techniques and create unprecedented insight into the growth regulation of BMs.

The post will include molecular cloning, Drosophila genetics and light and electron microscopy. You will have a deep interest in the mechanical aspects of shape generation during animal development Previous experience with Drosophila is not required but an advantage.

About you

PDRA: The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

PDRF: The successful applicant will be able to 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.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience with a background in developmental biology, physics or mechanics and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024).  We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world’s most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and 47% is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

For further information please contact Dr. Stefan Harmansa, s.harmansa@ex.ac.uk.

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