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Research Fellow in Reproductive Biology

HDH General

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £30,942 to £33,797 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 3 years
Closing Date:  Friday 04 October 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1176919AF

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position within Human Development and Health, Faculty of Medicine based at Southampton General Hospital. This exciting opportunity is offered as a 3-year fixed-term contract funded by The Leverhulme Trust. The successful applicant will use state of the art 3D imaging techniques to study comparative placentology as part of an interdisciplinary team including placentologists, evolutionary biologists and imaging experts.

Project Overview: The placenta is a multifunctional organ that nourishes the fetus in the womb. Different species have incredibly diverse placental structures, reflecting how evolutionary pressures shape the placenta to optimise fetal survival. This project will use advanced microscopy techniques to generate three-dimensional images of the smallest structures in the placenta. The aim of the study is to determine whether the unique nanoscale structures we observe in the human placenta have been evolutionarily conserved. This project will explore the different ways biological structures can achieve the same outcomes (e.g. fetal survival) and may help explain why placental structures are so diverse. 

The successful candidate will use serial block-face scanning electron microscopy and microCT to perform multiscale 3D imaging of placentas from a range of species. 

We are looking for applicants with a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in biological sciences. Experience with sample preparation, electron microscopy or image analysis is desirable, although specific training will be provided. The ability to work flexible hours on occasion to facilitate sample collection is highly desirable. A background in placental biology, evolutionary biology or morphology would be an advantage. Good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team are essential.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

This post is available from 1st October 2019 for 36-months. Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Rohan Lewis (rohan.lewis@soton.ac.uk) or Dr Neil Gostling (N.J.Gostling@soton.ac.uk).

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1176919AF on all correspondence.

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The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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