Research Associate in Epigenetic Mechanisms (fixed-term post) (CC9652R)

University of Bath

United Kingdom

September 26, 2022


Job title Research Associate in Epigenetic Mechanisms (fixed-term post)

Department Life Sciences

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Monday 12 September 2022

Closing date Monday 26 September 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC9652R


We are looking for a Research Associate in Epigenetic mechanisms that underlie gene expression in normal cells and cancer in the Department of Life Sciences.

About the project:

Epigenetics is the study of factors that affect the functions of the genome without changing the underlying DNA sequence. A 9-month, position for a Researcher has become available in the Epigenetics research laboratory of Professor Adele Murrell.

The group is currently examining:

  • how transcription is affected by its chromatin environment, under different normal and cancerous growth conditions and,
  • how cells establish and maintain their identity under various epigenetic reprogramming scenarios.
  • Our research uses CRISPR-mediated genome editing approaches, coupled with next generation sequencing and bioinformatic analysis of DNA methylation profiles, fluorescent in situ hybridisation imaging, transcriptional bursting parameters, chromatin conformation analysis, primary tissue and cell culture, as well as standard quantitative PCR, and recombinant cloning techniques.

    This position is offered on a full-time basis (36.5 hours per week) for a fixed-term period expected to be from November 2022 until July 2023.

    About you:

    Our ideal applicant will have:

  • Strong background and experience of molecular biology approaches
  • Ability to collaboratively work on multiple projects
  • Good laboratory technique
  • Understanding of Bioinformatics will be an advantage
  • About us:

    The Department of Life Sciences is a new Department bringing together expertise from Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Pharmacy. We have several research themes ranging from translational biotechnology and pharmaceutics (medicines design) to fundamental cellular and developmental processes underpinned by genetics and evolutionary biology. The Murrell group is part of the Cells, Development and Disease research theme. The founding Departments both have Silver Athena SWAN awards and we remain committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity. We have a vibrant and active post doctoral community.

    What we can offer you:

    We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award.

    A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We're also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

    We offer:
  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce;
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

    We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated , respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhanceshealth and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

    Further details:
  • Job Description & Person Specification

  • Terms of Employment

  • If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to

    our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

    Update to our application process: We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any

    assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.

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