Research Fellow - Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

United Kingdom
£30,942 - £42,792
Oct 01, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year.

Grade 7

Full Time / Fixed Term Contract for 3 years

Closing date 29 October 2020


The Research Fellow will create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within the professorial fellowship granted by the Academy of Medical Sciences to Professor Dirk-Peter Herten.

This includes conducting cell and molecular biology experiments on different receptor signalling pathways by use of quantitative and super-resolution microscopy techniques and by correlative 3D super-resolution light and electron microscopy. The Research Fellow will analyse, interprete, and publish the results in international journals and present these on national and international conferences. In addition to their own projects the Research Fellow will supervise related projects of students and help shape a team science culture in the lab.

The Research Fellow is expected to initiate and contribute to collaborations with colleagues across campus and within the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE). This also includes nurturing external collaborations with international partners such as the Weizmann Institute (Israel), Heidelberg University (Germany) and others. The Research Fellow will also contribute to grant applications resulting from these interactions. This includes grant applications for building the Research Fellow's own career based on the formerly mentioned national and international collaboration network.

Job Summary
  • Work within the project awarded by the Academy of Medical Science and contribute to writing bids for example in the context of:
    • Studies on receptor activation, e.g. T-cell receptor activation, and other receptor signalling pathways shaped to specific collaborations (e.g. platelet activation, opiod receptors etc.)
    • 3D super-resolution correlative light and electron microscopy
    • Quantitative fluorescence microscopy (protein counting and calibration protocols)
    • Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Operate within area of specialism:
    • Techniques from molecular and cell biology (tissue culture, cloning, genetically modified cell lines, CRISPR/Cas, Western blots, etc.)
    • Bioconjugation and fluorescence labelling
    • Spectroscopic characterisation
    • Advanced fluorescence microscopy and single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results and prepare reports and publications associated with the different projects
  • Contribute to establish research collaborations across campus, within COMPARE, and on national and international scale
  • Contribute to generating funding also for the own career as a result of the interaction with colleagues on campus and within COMPARE
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

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