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Research Assistant

University of Sheffield - School of Medicine and Population Health, Division of Neuroscience

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £30,487 to £34,890 with potential to progress to £38,205 with exceptional contribution.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 2nd January 2024
Job Ref: UOS039424

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant to join a gene therapy project at the Department of Neuroscience. You will have an opportunity to work on an exciting project in Translational gene therapeutics under the direction of Professor Mimoun Azzouz. The objective of the project is to develop a new gene therapeutic strategy for SYNGAP1-related neurological disorder.

The successful candidate is expected to execute and evaluate experiments, keep excellent experimental records, prepare reports regularly and feedback to the investigators. You are also expected to contribute to the preparation of scientific manuscripts, attend and deliver seminars and support PhD students and postdocs.

You will have a strong in vitro experience and expertise in molecular and cellular biology. Previous in vivo pre-clinical experience is desirable.  You should be highly motivated, self-driven, able to accept direction and be an excellent team player.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are expected.

This post is fixed term for 1 year with potential for further extension and is available immediately.

The Neuroscience Division comprises multidisciplinary groups from Neurology, Neuropathology, and Neuroimaging working in both basic and clinical neuroscience.  Clinical and non-clinical researchers combine to investigate the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease with the goal of translating novel insights into new therapeutic approaches.

This post will be based at the state-of-the-art Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), which was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen, in November 2010, and Gene Therapy Innovation and Manufacturing Centre (GTIMC).  SITraN is a purpose-built research institute and houses computational, clinical and basic scientists with a focus on neurodegenerative disorders such as Motor Neuron Disease (MND) also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease and Dementia. The GTIMC at the University of Sheffield is one of three cutting-edge hubs in the UK dedicated to advancing the clinical development of new genetic treatments options for millions of patients with life-threatening diseases.

This vacancy is part of a Fair Recruitment pilot scheme within the faculty. This is a positive action initiative which aims to improve staff diversity and to deliver an inclusive recruitment experience for all applicants.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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