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Postdoctoral Researcher

Employer
University of Edinburgh
Location
City of Edinburgh (GB)
Salary
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 2, 2023

Job Details

UE07 £36,333 - £43,155 Per Annum

Closing date 02/06/23

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine / Edinburgh Medical School / Deanery of Biomedical Sciences / Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences

Full Time, 35 hours per week

Fixed Term: 24 months with possibility of extension

We seek a motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct primary research into how neurons transport mRNA to distal sites and use these mRNAs as substrates for local protein synthesis during synaptic plasticity.

The Opportunity:

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. Paul Donlin-Asp (https://www.donlin-asp-lab.com/). This project aims to understand how neurons transport RNA and decide when/where they are translated into protein. This project will use a combination of advanced live cell tracking of mRNA dynamics, a novel methodology, and real-time imaging of local protein synthesis to track where and when mRNAs are made available for local protein synthesis. We will couple these data with advanced proteomics to understand the regulatory network of proteins controlling how these mRNAs move and when they are read into protein. For more information, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Paul Donlin-Asp (pdonlin@ed.ac.uk).

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Appropriate degree with relevant post-graduate research experience. Usually a PhD (or PhD near completion) in Neuroscience/Cellular Biology/Biochemistry or equivalent professional qualification and/or experience.
  • Previous first-author publications in a neuroscience/cell biology-related subject area.
  • Experience working with laboratory animals/ culturing of primary rodent neurons.
  • Previous experience with fluorescence imaging and analysis.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, orally, and in writing.

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As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.


The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages (opens new browser tab).

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The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.  

ABOUT US

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

ABOUT THE TEAM

The Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences, which is headed by Professor Mike Shipston, employs around 350 staff. Biomedical Sciences hosts the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences (CDBS, Head: Professor David Wyllie) and Infection Medicine (IM, Head: Professor Juergen Haas). These have strong links with Edinburgh Neuroscience (Head: Prof Siddharthan Chandran) and Edinburgh Infectious Diseases (EID, Head: Professor Ross Fitzgerald). Research themes within Biomedical Sciences include: Genes and Development; Synapses Circuits & Behaviour; Injury & Repair; Signalling, homeostasis & Energy Balance; Ageing & Degeneration; Antimicrobial Resistance; Host-pathogen interactions; Global Health and Diagnostics Research. Our excellence in research is underpinned by the hosting within Biomedical Sciences of the UK Dementia Research Initiative (UKDRI) at Edinburgh (Head: Prof Giles Hardingham) and the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain (Head: Prof Peter Kind).

Also within Biomedical Sciences is the Biomedical Teaching Organisation (BMTO) which plays a vital role in the administration, coordination and implementation of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. The BMTO is responsible for the BSc Medical Sciences programme and twelve BSc Biomedical Sciences Honours Programmes. Nineteen Biomedical Sciences courses are delivered to first to third year undergraduates and twenty-six Honours elective courses along with seven Bachelor of Medical Sciences Honours programmes as part of the Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (MBChB) degree and five BSc Veterinary Sciences Honours Programmes as part of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVM&S) degree. In addition the BMTO has responsibility for the large portfolio of on-campus and online MSc programmes run by Biomedical Sciences.

Biomedical Sciences is located across a number of sites: the Chancellor’s Building and Queen’s Medical Research Institute at Little France; the Medical School in Teviot Place; the Hugh Robson Building, George Square and No 1 George Square.

In REF2021, the College submitted to three Units of Assessment (UoAs): UoA1 Clinical Medicine, UoA4, Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and UoA6 Agriculture, Veterinary & Food Science. Most of the staff in Biomedical Sciences were returned in UoA4 (Neuroscience); this return was ranked 2nd in the UK for “quality” and 3rd in the UK for “power”.  Edinburgh’s submission is the only one in the UK to have been ranked in the top three for both of these descriptors.  Fifty two percent our research papers were awarded the highest score of 4*, defined as world-leading, and a further 38% were rated 3*, defined as internationally excellent.  Moreover, 100% of our ten impact case studies were awarded 4*, meaning they are world-leading in reach and significance and 100% of our environment was awarded 4*, meaning the context in which our research takes place is world-leading in vitality and sustainability.

Biomedical Sciences holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award denoting our commitment to the aims of the Charter, showing that we have recognised and responded to challenges and planned activities for the future.

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Company

The University of Edinburgh For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do. The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs. As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles. As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided. The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

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