Job reference: BMH-023029
Salary: £36,024 to £39,347 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Biology, Medicine Health
Location: Oglesby Cancer Research Centre, Wilmslow Road
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Division of Cancer Sciences
Hours Per Week: Full Time (1 FTE)
Closing date: 27/09/2023
Contract Duration: 01 October 2023 until 30 September 2025 (24 Months)
School/Directorate: School of Medical Sciences

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and ambitious research associate to join the Leukaemic Stem Cell Niche (LSCN) group at the University of Manchester, funded by a Leukaemia UK John Goldman Fellowship awarded to Dr Simona Valletta. You will hold a PhD in a relevant area, and you will be an expert in normal and malignant haematopoiesis, leukaemia and ageing biology. A strong publication record in high-impact peer-reviewed journals is a prerequisite, as is the ability to work independently and as part of a team. You will have strong communication and organisational skills, with the ability to manage and independently lead, innovate, and complete your own research project. Bioinformatics expertise (RNAseq, ATACseq, single cell analysis) including coding in “R”, is desirable.

The position will be in the Oglesby Cancer Research Building, which provides state-of-the-art physical space, a stimulating intellectual environment, and access to first-rate core facilities.

What you will get in return:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme
  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays
  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period
  • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

The Division of Cancer Sciences is one of the six divisions in the School of Medical Sciences, within the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health. The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here​​​​​​​

Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Simona Valletta


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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