Research Associate

Job Reference : BM&H-13141
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 01/04/2019
Salary : £32,236 - £33,199 Per Annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Evolution & Genomic Sciences
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : From 1 March 2019 until 26/02/2021

The University of Manchester, invites applications from outstanding candidates with a proven track research record to fill a 2 year post of Postdoctoral Research Associate. The post is available immediately but no later than 1st March 2019.

Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) is a leading cause of vascular cognitive impairment and dementia. Despite the importance of SVD there are few treatments for established disease, a situation hindered by a lack of understanding of disease mechanisms. A unique grouping of clinical and pre-clinical expertise in SVD, matrix, vascular biology and inflammation from five major UK universities including University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester and University of Oxford, have assembled to work together, forming a consortium (, aiming to identify key molecular mechanisms of SVD, which is critically important to identify potential therapeutic targets.

In the central nervous system, small blood vessels and neuronal cells are tightly integrated forming a dynamic multicellular structure, called the neurovascular unit (NVU). Complex and dynamic interactions between different types of cells in the NVU regulate the blood-brain barrier and the blood flow in the brain, shaping brain function in both health and disease. Central to maintaining NVU integrity is the extracellular matrix (ECM), together with associated proteins, forming the matrisome. This project is designed to use patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) models, together with state-of-art technologies including bioimaging, functional analysis of NVU, proteomics and transcriptomics, to decode the function of the matrisome in SVD.

The project will be based in the School of Biological Sciences, FBMH, led by Professor Tao Wang, in collaboration with Professor Stuart Allan, as part of a multi-University consortium (

The applicant should have a PhD degree in the area of biology or biomedical related subjects. He/she will have a demonstrated research experience in cell biology and molecular biology. Experiences in stem cell biology or vascular and/or neural cell biology are desirable.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Tao Wang
Tel: 0161 275 15108

General enquiries:
Tel:  0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel:  0161 850 2004

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