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Research Associate in Circadian and Cell Biology
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BMH-018686

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/05/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine Health

Division: Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine

Hours Per Week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term available for up to 30 months beginning from 01 June 2022

School / Directorate: School of Biological Sciences

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to explore the relationship between the circadian clock and protein trafficking in mammalian cells, with a focus on the secretory pathway.

You will join a team of researchers in Manchester and Bristol investigating how cells build and repair collagen-rich tissues in health and during wound repair and how these processes are controlled by the circadian clock. This is a full-time appointment starting on 1st June 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is funded for 2.5 years through a UKRI-BBSRC Strategic Longer/Larger (sLoLa) award. You will have opportunities for secondment at the University of Bristol during the programme.

The project will involve manipulation and analysis of various cell models, using cutting edge time-resolved ‘omics approaches in combination with gene editing and advanced imaging methods. 

You will be based jointly in the laboratories of Martin Lowe (Professor of Cell Biology and Qing-Jun Meng (Professor of Chronobiology), who are members of the Cell Dynamics Research Group ( ) and Wellcome Centre for Cell Matrix Research ( ), respectively.  You will be integrated into a multi-disciplinary team working on mathematical modelling, molecular biology, animal models and circadian rhythm. The project will be supported by access to world-class Core Facilities and Experimental Officers within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. You will have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in biological sciences. You will ideally have experience of cell biology, protein trafficking and circadian biology. Duties will include design of experiments, data processing, training co-workers, presentation of work and preparation for publication.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department 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. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:                                  

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

Blended working arrangements may be considered

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

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Martin Lowe and/or Qing-Jun Meng


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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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