Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Anglia Ruskin University

United Kingdom

July 10, 2021


Job Category

Teaching, Research & Scholarship

Vacancy Type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Duration

18 months

Employment Type

Full time

Salary From


Salary To




Faculty/Prof Service

Faculty of Science & Engineering

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Closing Date



  • Job Description (PDF, 159.72kb)

  • Expectations of Academic Staff (PDF, 161.69kb)

  • About ARU:

    Anglia Ruskin is a vibrant workplace and our University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally. We have ambitious plans for the future and we are determined that our students and staff will realise their full potential. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investment. With an annual turnover of over £200m, we are a major force for higher education and one of the largest universities in the East of England.

    About the role:

    An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join the Faculty of Science and Engineering, within the School of Life Sciences. This British Heart Foundation-supported project, will build on preliminary work that has shown that agonist stimulation of human platelets results in fluctuations in the concentration of intraplatelet zinc, consistent with a role as a secondary messenger. The project involves investigating the mechanisms responsible for platelet zinc fluctuations, and to examine physiological platelet responses to increased cytosolic zinc. This work will provide a better understanding of zinc-dependent messaging in platelets, and is likely to be of considerable influence to the regulation of platelet signalling pathways involved in normal haemostasis and pathogenic thrombus formation.

    In this role, you'll be required to design and perform experiments, analyse data, write primary research papers and present work at national and international conferences. Applications for additional funding will be strongly encouraged. Experience in undertaking applied qualitative and/or quantitative research projects that includes data analysis and publication of research papers is essential.

    With a PhD, or PhD nearing completion within 18 months, you'll have a relevant background in cell signalling, preferably with research experience in platelet biology and cation signalling. You'll have experience with conventional cell and molecular biological techniques including flow cytometry, Western blotting, and fluorometry. A working knowledge of platelet preparation and manipulation is desirable, and venepuncture training, or a willingness to undertake venepuncture training is essential.

    With excellent written and oral communication skills, you'll be IT literate with a sound knowledge of Microsoft Office. In addition, you'll have knowledge of research and design methods, and will possess the ability to demonstrate self-direction and originality when tackling and solving research problems.

    We have a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

    Find out more about working with us.

    We offer an extensive range of benefits including a generous holiday entitlement, occupational pension schemes, training and development opportunities, travel to work scheme and a competitive relocation package. Visit our benefits page for full details.

    We value diversity at Anglia Ruskin University and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Committed to being inclusive and open to discuss flexible working.

    Guidance Notes:

    For a list of key requirements, please download the Job Description and Person Specification above. To apply for this role please demonstrate how your skills and experience match the criteria in the person specification.