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Research Associate in Fetal Health

Job reference: BMH-020883

Location: Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/01/2023

Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 per annum, depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine Health

Division: Division of Developmental Biology & Med

Hours Per Week: Full time

Contract Duration: Available from 1 March 2023 until 29 February 2028

School / Directorate: School of Medical Sciences

Applications are invited for a position of Post-Doctoral Research Associate funded as part of a Medical Research Council Career Development Award to work on a project evaluating the effects of antenatal exposure to medications for cardiac dysfunction on fetal health. This full time position will last for 60 months and is primarily based at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre (MFHRC) in Manchester, with the possibility of visiting the collaborator research group in Cambridge.

The post involves experiments with human tissue samples, cell co-cultures and perfusion of tissues, focusing particularly on vascular aspects of the human placenta. The post-holder will also help with in vivo experiments in a pregnant sheep model, with a major focus on fetal physiology.

The successful applicant will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, with experience of ex vivo physiology, real-time measurements and in vitro experimentation. The appointee will receive full training as appropriate. However, the ability to conduct experimental work independently is essential, other than communicating findings regularly and attending meetings.​​​​​​​ Candidates must be strongly motivated and prepared to work out-of-hours appropriate to the nature of research.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

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.

Successful candidates may be subject to pre-employment screening carried out on our behalf by a third party. The offer of employment will be dependent on the successful candidate passing that screening. Whilst you will be required to provide express consent at a later stage, by continuing with your application now you acknowledge that you are aware that such screening will take place, and agree to take part in the process.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Teresa Tropea


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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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