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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist to carry out research projects in Translational Cerebrovascular Disease. We are exploring innovative cerebroprotection strategies with the central purpose of developing novel clinical therapies for devastating vascular diseases of the brain. You will have an excellent research and publication track record and will contribute to the work of an internationally recognised research group. You must possess excellent organisation skills and the ability to interact well within a group. Ideally, you should be qualified to PhD level (or equivalent) in Neuroscience or Biological Sciences and have experience and interest in translational research. Candidates with other backgrounds will be considered.

The post-holder will use in vivo and in vitro approaches to determine the molecular and cellular pathways that underlie cerebroprotection in the brain.

Expertise with cell culture (neuronal and astrocytic) and focal ischaemia models of stroke would be a considerable advantage.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Participate in the research programme on Stroke and Cerebrovascular disease
• Take responsibility for some cell culture work.
• Assess in vivo and in vitro cellular function using a variety of techniques.
• Carry out experiments to with the intention of developing novel therapeutics for stroke.
• Undertake drug screens in cell culture systems.
• Analyse results and write monthly reports describing the work.
• Prepare papers for journals/presentations either in-house, at consortia meetings or at national/international conferences or seminars to disseminate research findings.
• Write supporting documents to contribute to and support the work of the research group, e.g. reports, interim reports and grant applications. Read academic papers, journals and textbooks and attend conferences to keep abreast of developments.
• Assist PhD and MSc students within the team.
• Plan for specific aspects of the research programme as discussed with the supervisor of the project.
• Contribute to research group planning.
• For each particular hypothesis, plan for own contribution up to three months ahead, incorporating issues such as the availability of resources, deadlines, project milestones and overall research aims. Design individual experiments weekly.
• Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress.
• Continuously monitor and check results. The unpredictability of research means that daily planning needs to accommodate new developments.
• Plan several months in advance to meet deadlines for journal publications and to prepare presentations and papers for conferences.
• You will make a full and active contribution to the principles of the ‘Sheffield Academic’. These include the achievement of excellence in applied teaching and research, and scholarly pursuits to make a genuine difference in the subject area and to the University’s achievements as a whole.


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