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Cardiff School of Biosciences offers the position of Research Associate with a package of £37,768 p. a

Cardiff School of Biosciences provides a dynamic and stimulating research environment with impressive modern facilities and high-calibre research-active staff. The School has a broad research remit across the biomedical and life sciences, and has excellent impact for its research being ranked 8th equal in the UK in the REF 2014. In the authoritative 2014 Annual World University Ranking (based on research strength and performance) compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Life Sciences at Cardiff University is in the top 100 worldwide.

Post Reference Number: 4681BR

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Job Title: Research Associate

Job Description: A position is available for a Research Associate to conduct research on a British Heart Foundation funded project to investigate the anti-atherogenic therapeutic potential of dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid in vivo together with the underlying molecular mechanisms. The project involves collaboration with the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, Bristol Heart Institute and Ben-Gurion University.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Molecular Biology or a related subject area or other relevant equivalent research experience, plus a proven portfolio of research within Molecular Biology and Tissue Culture. Immunohistochemistry and murine models of disease would be advantageous.  The project will use a combination of in vivo and in vitro approaches to probe the actions of dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid in atherosclerosis.

Tenure of employment: 3 years

Salary£31,656 – £37,768 per annum (Grade 6).  It is not anticipated that an appointment will be made above 6.30, currently £31,656 per annum.

Key responsibilities:

  • To conduct research on a British Heart Foundation funded project to investigate the anti-atherogenic therapeutic potential of dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid in vivo together with the underlying molecular mechanisms. The project will use a combination of in vivo studies with mouse model systems and in vitro approaches.
  • To contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Research

  • To conduct research in accordance with the aims and objectives of the grant and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • To plan and perform research within an established programme that includes laboratory experimentation, critical evaluation and interpretation, data and statistical analysis, and data recording
  • To review the research literature relating to the project, transferring this knowledge to the research
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • To prepare publications for high quality peer reviewed journals
  • To contribute to the development of collaborative research grant proposals
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions, explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects

Other responsibilities:

  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
  •  Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

IMPORTANT NOTE: When submitting your application, you should attach a supporting statement which evidences how you meet all of the essential criteria below. When attaching this, please ensure you include 4681BR within the filename.

Essential Criteria:

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in Molecular Biology or a related subject area or other relevant equivalent research experience.
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
    _Molecular Biology
    _Tissue Culture
  •  Research experience in probing molecular pathways in disease.
  • Proven ability to publish in national journals.
  •  Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.
  •  Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals.
  •  Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  •  Committed to precision, accuracy and task completion.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with a flexible, responsible approach to working in a multi-tasking environment.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in the breeding, maintenance and analysis of murine models of disease.
  •  Proven ability to work without close supervision.
  • Knowledge/experience in the field of atherosclerosis.
  • Experience of supervising and directing staff and/or students.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.

How to apply:

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Closing date for receipt of online applications: 11th June, 2016.