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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - School of Biological Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 4th January 2024
Job Ref: 9175

Full Time - 35 hours per week

Contract Type - Fixed Term contract - 36 months

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead a project investigating molecular mechanisms of RNA interference in the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus. The project is based in the lab of Dr Elizabeth Bayne in the Institute of Cell Biology.

The Opportunity:

An exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and ambitious Postdoctoral Researcher to lead a project investigating mechanisms of RNAi in Cryptococcus, an important yet understudied opportunistic human fungal pathogen. Endogenous RNAi pathways have been shown to influence rates of antifungal drug resistance in Cryptococcus, but little is known about how RNAi functions in this (basidiomycete) branch of the fungal kingdom. The project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, will employ a combination of state-of-the-art approaches including CRISPR/Cas genome editing, microscopy, proteomics and RNA-sequencing analysis to investigate novel aspects of Argonaute protein function and regulation in Cryptococcus.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD in molecular biology or other relevant discipline
  • Expertise in a range of molecular biology techniques including DNA, RNA and protein work
  • Experience in at least one of fungal biology, proteomics, and/or RNA sequencing analysis is highly desirable
  • Excellent organisation, problem-solving and communication skills
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