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Research Assistant

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science and Engineering / School of Biological Sciences / Institute of Infection and Immunology Research

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £31,396 to £36,024 per annum pro rata. Grade UE06
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th February 2024
Closes: 1st March 2024
Job Ref: 9517

Grade UE06: £31,396 - £36,024 per annum pro rata (A revised salary range for this grade of £32,982 to £38,205 is planned to take effect from Spring 2024)

Part-time: 17.5 hours per week

Fixed-term: for 32 months

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated research assistant to support a project investigating the role of ubiquitin mediated signalling pathways in malaria transmission biology. The project is based in the group of Dr. Nisha Philip based in the Institute of Immunology and Infection Research.

The Opportunity:

The core aim of the Philip group is to understand how signalling networks regulate host-vector lifecycle transitions in the malaria parasite. We recently discovered the parasite ubiquitin machinery is essential for specific developmental processes including cytoskeletal rearrangements, chromatin organisation and genome replication in gametocytes which are cells specialised for parasite transmission. Although ubiquitination is an area of intense research in human disease, targeting this promising pathway for parasite control is currently underexplored. By characterising the ubiquitin regulated protein networks underpinning gametocyte development and activity we can uncover the achilles heel of the parasite when it is poised to leave the human host.

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • A BSc or equivalent in Biological Sciences
  • Experience in tissue culture and molecular biology techniques
  • Experience in preparing comprehensive reports for research protocols/findings
  • Work as a team with the research group

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