Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Edinburgh

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Postdoctoral Research Associate


University of Edinburgh

Job description

Job Description:Grade UE07 £39,347 -£46,974College of Science and EngineeringSchool of Biological SciencesInstitute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and BiotechnologyFull Time – 35 hrs per weekFixed Term (24 months)We are looking for a highly motivated scientist to join our group to understand the contributions of non-coding RNAs to the life cycle of tumour-associated viruses, namely Epstein-Barr virus, Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus, and human cytomegalovirus. This project aims to reveal functions and mechanisms of infection-induced circular RNA, a novel player in the virus-host interaction, on virus infection, propagation, immune evasion, and tumorigenesis. To this end, we will employ interdisciplinary approaches in virology, RNA biology, immunology, and bioinformatics.This post is advertised as full-time (35 hours per week), however, we are open to considering flexible working patterns. We are also open to considering requests for hybrid working (on a non-contractual basis) that combines a mix of remote (e.g. data analysis) and regular on-campus working. Initial appointment will be 24 months but can be extended to a multi-year contract.The Opportunity:The successful candidate will join a group led by Dr Takanobu Tagawa at the at the Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IQB3) as a postdoctoral research associate. The PDRA will use a wide variety of complementary techniques to define functions of circular RNAs during oncogenic virus infection. There will be an opportunity to teach students as a research mentor and to attend domestic and international conferences.Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Doctoral degree in biological sciences
  • Extensive experience in virology, RNA biology, or immunology
  • A skill in biostatistics and bioinformatics
  • An ability to work independently as well as to mentor students
  • A desire to learn new techniques and concepts and to make discoveries

Click to view a copy of the full (opens new browser tab)As a valued member of our team you can expect:

  • A competitive salary of £39,347 -£46,974
  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work.
  • To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community
  • Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our

(opens in a new tab) and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefitsChampioning equality, diversity and inclusionThe University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.Prior to any employment commencing with the University you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our (opens new browser tab)The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.Key dates to noteThe closing date for applications is July 12, 2024Unless stated otherwise the closing time for applications is 11:59pm GMT. If you are applying outside the UK the closing time on our adverts automatically adjusts to your browsers local time zone.Interviews will be held during last week of July.About Us: As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.About the Team:As the modern inheritors of our 400-year-old reputation for excellence, our staff and students contribute to a vibrant academic community whose visions are shaping tomorrow’s world. The School of Biological Sciences is at the leading edge in teaching, research and innovation. Independent rankings such as the Times Higher Education consistently place us amongst the top 25 universities in the world for biological sciences. We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and to recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development opportunities for all staff. We place a particular focus on development for early-career researchers (postgraduate and postdoctoral research staff and personal fellowship holders), offering mentoring and an active ‘BioDocSoc’ organisation that brings together researchers for networking, events and training opportunities.The School of Biological Sciences holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.Our contains more information about the School.

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£39347 – 46974 per year


United Kingdom

Job date

Tue, 04 Jun 2024 22:27:47 GMT

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