Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter

United Kingdom

October 9, 2022


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The starting salary will be from £37,464 up to £48,841 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


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

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job description

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 31 December 2025 in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

The post

The Faculty wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to investigate the biology of pluripotency in the research team of Prof Austin Smith. This European Research Council funded post is available from 3 October 2022 to 31 December 2025. Based in the interdisciplinary Living Systems Institute, the successful applicant will lead a programme of investigations into the comparative biology of pluripotency and pluripotent stem cells in different mammals. A key goal will be to establish and validate naïve pluripotent stem cells from non-human primates and from livestock species using pluripotency network resetting and somatic cell reprogramming approaches. In addition, derivations from livestock embryos will be pursued in collaboration with Prof Ramiro Alberio, University of Nottingham.

The post will involve stem cell culture experimentation including molecular reprogramming, genetic manipulation, signalling pathway manipulation, and focussed chemical and genetic screening. Transcriptomic and multi'omics analyses will be carried out in partnership with computational/bioinformatics group members.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in developmental or stem cell biology and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in molecular cell biology to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will have experience in cell culture, developmental biology, molecular biology and genetic manipulation. Knowledge of signalling pathways and experience of chemical and genetic screening are not essential but would be an advantage.

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 new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon
  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 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

    With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 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), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    Further information

    For further information please contact Professor Austin Smith, e-mail

    The closing date for completed applications is 9th October 2022.

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