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Research Associate

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom


The successful candidate will work on a BBSRC funded project titled ‘Cilia Mediates Mechanism of Otolith Mineralization’ in the laboratory of Dr Jarema Malicki. The Malicki laboratory has a long-standing interest in the differentiation and function of
cilia and has made many contributions to this field of research. You will study novel and unexpected aspects of cilia function in protein secretion. Although the project will focus on the auditory system, we expect that the conclusions derives from these studies will have far-reaching implications.

Applicants must have or be about to obtain a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. genetics, developmental genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, etc.) or have equivalent experience. The successful candidate will be motivated, hard-working and have the capacity for carrying out studies independently as well as working effectively as part of a team. Applicants should have experience in a broad range of genetic, molecular biology and imaging techniques, including molecular cloning and various
forms of confocal microscopy. Experience with embryo manipulation is also highly desirable.

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

Job Description
Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Carry out research/experiments.
 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 for other academics, funders, policy makers and practitioners.
 Prepare papers for journals/presentations either in-house 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.
 Carry out administrative roles as required, e.g. ordering reagents.
 Read academic papers, journals and textbooks and attend conferences to keep abreast of developments.
 Contribute to the supervision of postgraduate students.
 Plan for specific aspects of research programmes.
 If given a particular hypothesis to examine, plan for own contribution up to 3 months ahead, incorporating issues such as the availability of resources, deadlines, project milestones and overall research aims. Design individual experiments weekly.
 Co-ordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress. Supervise research team/activities if required.
 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.
 Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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