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Research Assistant[Temporary Cover] (Maternity Cover)

The MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit (Director: Professor Massimo Zeviani) wishes to appoint a research assistant to join Dr Alex Whitworth and the Mitochondrial Neurodegeneration group. The Mitochondrial Neurodegeneration group pursues an integrated programme of investigations which elucidate critical homeostatic mechanisms that regulate the integrity of mitochondria and maintain the normal neuronal functioning. In particular, the group uses Drosophila and cellular models to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of various neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's Disease and Motor Neuron Disease.

The appointee will be a key member of the group, providing technical and scientific support for a range of projects investigating the influence of mitochondrial processes on maintaining normal neuronal function and survival, and their impact on neurodegenerative diseases.

The post-holder will assist in general lab management and maintenance to ensure smooth running of the lab environment. They will perform routine procedures such as molecular cloning and Drosophila stock maintenance. The post-holder will also contribute to a range of molecular, cellular and organismal assays to support various lab projects. Attention to detail and meticulous recordkeeping are key elements for this position. A degree in biomedical science or a related subject and good experience in molecular biology techniques are essential.

The MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit is a world-renowned centre for mitochondrial research. Additional information can be found at

This is a Maternity cover position and is fixed-term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 3 September 2017. Interviews dates are to be confirmed.

Informal inquiries can be made directly to Dr Whitworth ( )

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SM13067 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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