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Research Assistant in Developmental Biology

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

This Research Assistant position will provide support to an on-going project investigating the timing and scaling of limb development. The successful applicant will contribute to day-to-day running of the lab and also develop his or her own independent research project. It is expected that the applicant has previous expertise in some of the following skills: molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, RNA in situ hybridisation. Experience in embryology and genetic manipulation of embryos is desirable. You will report directly to the Principal Investigator, Dr Matthew Towers.

You will have a good honours degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant biological or biomedical Science subject and experience of working in a research laboratory on a defined project.

This position is available immediately for a period of 12 months.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Carry out research/experiments. This will include working on embryonic chicks.
 Design, develop and refine experiments in order to obtain reliable data.
 Analyse and record data to aid the design of future research and produce useful findings.
 Provide assistance to other members of the laboratory when required.
 Support and enable research experiments through management of laboratory organisation, resources and administration.
 Assist in the training and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students hosted by the laboratory.
 Write supporting documents and presentations to contribute to and support the work of the research group e.g. lab meeting reports and protocols.
 Assist with the preparation of papers for journals/presentations either in-house or at national/international conferences or seminars to disseminate research findings.
 Read academic papers, journals and textbooks to keep abreast of developments and use this information to brief colleagues and inform the work of the project.
 Participate in weekly project team meetings and attend relevant research seminars, including presentation of own research data.
 Carry out administrative tasks as required.
 Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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