Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Rhinoceros Ovarian Culture

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

October 10, 2022

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Rhinoceros Ovarian Culture

Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health, Level 3 Women's Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU

The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health (NDWRH) have an exciting opportunity for a (Postdoctoral) Research Assistant in Rhinoceros Ovarian Culture with a passion and enthusiasm for conservation. This post may be appointed at either Grade 6 or 7, depending on experience.

Many species of rhinoceros are critically endangered with just two females remaining of the Northern White Rhino. Therefore, it is critical to develop fertility preservation techniques for rhinos, however, very little is known about ovarian function in these species.

The aim of this project is to further our understanding of rhinoceros follicle development using fixed ovarian tissues and to develop techniques to develop rhinoceros eggs from cryopreserved ovarian tissues.

Reporting to Prof. Suzannah Williams, the post holder will be a member of her research group with responsibility for the analysis of fixed ovarian rhino tissue as well as optimising techniques to develop rhino follicles in vitro with analysis of function and quality. The focus is to optimise novel culture techniques to develop mature rhino ovarian follicles from primordial follicles in cryopreserved ovarian tissue.

The suitable candidate will hold a PhD/DPhil (or near completion) or equivalent professional experience in a biological subject, be highly skilled in tissue/organ/organoid/scaffold/cell culture techniques and show flexibility to learn new skills and develop novel approaches for analysis.

The post-holder will be self-motivated, an excellent communicator and have the ability to work independently as well as in a team. Experience of contributing to publications/presentations and the ability to bring forward ideas for new research projects and research income generation are also essential for this role.

The post is offered on a full-time, fixed term basis. The post is available as soon as possible and is fixed for 2 years or until 31st December 2024, whichever is the earliest.

Applications for flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

You will be required to upload a CV and Supporting Statement as part of your online application. Click here for information and advice on writing an effective Supporting Statement.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 10th October 2022.

Contact Person : Recruitment Administrator Vacancy ID : 160289 Contact Phone : 01865 221002 Closing Date & Time : 10-Oct-2022 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : recruitment@wrh.ox.ac.uk Salary (£) : Grade 6/7: £30,502 - £42,155 (with a discretionary range to £46,047) per annum. This post may be appointed at either Grade 6 or 7, depending on experience

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