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Research Assistant/Associate

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research assistant/associate to join the group of Dr Emma Rawlins to work on the regulation of human lung development with the long-term aim of developing strategies for regenerative medicine ( Our recent research has focused on cellular mechanisms of lung development, homeostasis and repair using the mouse as a model system (e.g. Balasooriya et al., Dev Cell 2016; Laresgoiti et al., Development 2016; Watson et al., Cell Reports 2015). We have now established novel in vitro systems for studying human lung development which will be the primary focus of our work over the next few years. We aim to recruit an outstanding individual who is interested in lung developmental mechanisms, their contribution to disease development and therapeutic potential. The research will combine the application of single cell techniques to human embryonic lungs with the in vitro genetic analysis of mechanisms using our organoid system.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject, or be close to completion of their degree. Expertise in general areas of developmental/stem cell biology including single cell biology, live cell imaging, image analysis and cell signalling mechanisms would be suitable for this position. Experience of in vitro models and use of experimental animals would be an advantage.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications should include a CV and a brief statement outlining key areas of expertise, reasons why you would like to join the group and preferred project. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Emma Rawlins ( Please quote reference PR12208 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working and funds for returning carers and other family-friendly schemes.

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