Research Fellow (105597-0922) . Job Reference: 1887792

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 6, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only


Life Sciences


£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed-term contract for 12 months which may have to be shortened depending upon the starting salary of the appointable candidate and the available funding, 1.0 FTE.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position to investigate the mechanisms of pain. You will examine the role of Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) ion channels in the generation, transmission, and modulation of acute and chronic pain. We will generate pain models and assess pain behaviours. We will then isolate cells and tissues to probe the molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain. Combinational approaches will be used including pain behavior, Ca2+ imaging, immunohistochemistry, electrophysiology, Western blotting, ELISA, qRT-PCR, RNA-Seq and in vivo gene delivery. You will have opportunity to develop comprehensive research skills and enhance your research profile.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or M.D. (or be near completion) in Neuroscience, Pharmacology or a related biological discipline. We are seeking a motivated individual committed to high quality research with evidence of creative and critical thinking. The post holder will be expected to have skills on behavioural assessment and/or molecular techniques or electrophysiology. Ability to design and execute experiments independently and communicate scientific findings at conferences is essential.

The candidate will be based at the Gibbet Hill Campus of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. Please submit your application including your CV, the names of two referees and a covering letter stating why you are interested in the post and what you would bring to the project. For informal enquires or more information about the project, please contact Dr. Xuming Zhang, email:

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


To carry out proposed research tasks for understanding the role of TRP ion channel in pain. It is also expected for the postholder to develop and formulate high quality research proposals.



1. To design and implement the proposed experiments including pain model generation and behavioural tests, cell culture, immunohistochemistry, Ca2+ imaging, Western blotting or electrophysiology

2. To contribute to the write up of research work and grant proposals

3. To develop new research projects

4. To supervise undergraduate, postgraduates and other junior colleagues where necessary

5. To establish and extend research collaboration with our collaborators

6. To disseminate research and engage with our research beneficiaries and stakeholders using effective approaches such as poster presentation and public engagement

Teaching and learning support

1. Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the department

2. Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills

3. May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of projects

Administration and other activities

1. May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University

2. Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work

3. Work within budget constraints

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The postholder will be required to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent in relevant discipline. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Proven ability in research and evidence of high-quality research output in relevant field. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 3

Experience of pain model and/or behaviour or other related behavioural assays. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 4

Experience of some molecular techniques or Ca2+ imaging or electrophysiology. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 5

Ability to troubleshoot problems arising in research. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 6

Have experience of working with a PI to analyse the requirements of a project, including setting project milestones and communicating progress or problems. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Ability to design research and drive research progress independently. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 8

Excellent effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation, training and writing skills. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 9

Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 10

Experience of working in a laboratory and understanding of health and safety requirements related to laboratory practice. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 11

Flexible approach to enable the delivery of the Research work. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience of RNA-seq, qRT-PCR, electrophysiology, genotyping, AAV-mediated in vivo gene delivery, cell biology and protein biochemistry. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

A current UK Home Office Personal License (PIL). (a, c)

Further Particulars

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£32,348).

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

The Post The Zhang lab is interested in the mechanisms of chronic pain and the role of ion channels such as TRP channels and sodium channels in somatosensory physiology. To learn more about the research interests in the group under https: // Note that Dr. Zhang is currently at Aston University. He will move to the School of Life Science at the University of Warwick as an associate professor in May 2022.

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Closing Date

6 Oct 2022

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