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Research Assistant/Associate - Mechanisms of transgenerational inheritance

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the lab of Dr Erica Watson. A main focus of the Watson lab is to understand the epigenetic mechanisms behind non-conventional inheritance using an animal model of abnormal folate metabolism (

The successful candidate should have completed (or about to complete) their PhD in a relevant field, have a background in epigenetic and molecular techniques (e.g., bisulfite pyrosequencing, RT-qPCR), mouse embryo dissection and phenotyping, sperm collection, and/or standard histology techniques. They will have experience handling large datasets and basic bioinformatic analysis. They must have a competitive history of research achievements. Experience in conducting embryo culture experiments, confocal microscopy, ChIP-seq or RNA-seq (and/or other high-throughput technologies) is desirable. Animal husbandry experience and Home Office Training would be a distinct advantage.

Applications should include a personal statement highlighting suitability to the post, detailed CV and the names and addresses of two academic referees.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months 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.

Please refer to the Further Particulars for this role, and use this as a guideline for your application.

Please quote reference PM17835 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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