Graduate Research Assistant or Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter
December 04, 2023
Offerd Salary:£32,982 to £34,980
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The starting salary will be from £ 32,332 up to £ 34,980 on Grade E for GRA and from £32,982 to £34,980 for PDRA subject to knowledge, skills and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Graduate Research Assistant or Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job description

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

The above full-time, Wellcome Trust funded post is available from Feb 1st 2024 to Jan 31st 2027 in the University of Exeter, Penryn campus, Centre for Ecology and Conservation. Working hours can be flexible.

The post

The Faculty wishes to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant or Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Mark A. Hanson. The successful applicant will undertake molecular biology experiments, as well as simple culturing of bacteria/fungi or isolation of insect viruses for Drosophila infection experiments. The applicant is also expected to contribute to lab stock and reagent management using the T1 system.

The post will include:

  • DNA/RNA extraction, RT-qPCR, and transcriptomics
  • DNA cloning ( E. coli vectors using the Gateway system or Drosophila CRISPR/Cas9 tools) for transgene insertions, and also dsRNA synthesis
  • Protein isolation and western blot, using antibodies to monitor activation of proteins of interest
  • Drosophila fruit fly rearing and maintenance, including D. melanogaster genetics
  • Microbe culturing (Category 1-2) and insect virus use
  • Laboratory stock and reagent management and ordering using the T1 system
  • Generation, management, and analysis of data relating to the project
  • About you

    The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

    Applicants will possess a relevant PhD for PDRA role or nearing completion, or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study, and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to perform basic molecular biology and insect infection lab protocols including some of RNA extraction, protein isolation, genetic cloning, insect care, microbe culturing, experiment planning, data collection and analysis, and laboratory stocking.

    Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

    What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Cornwall

  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

    Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and 47% is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

    We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    For further information please contact Mark A. Hanson, e-mail [email protected].

    The closing date for completed applications is December 4 th 2023. Interviews are expected to take place between December 13th-18th.

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