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Research Fellow


Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £30,942 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (12 months)
Closing Date:  Sunday 12 July 2020
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:  1220619FC-R

A postdoctoral scientist position is available in Dr Hans Michael Haitchi’s group in Respiratory Research, Clinical & Experimental Sciences (CES), Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton (UoS). The group is studying the impact of maternal allergic asthma during pregnancy on asthma related mediators including ADAM33 in biologic samples collected during caesarean sections using multiomic approaches (proteomics and RNA-Seq). This is part of the Maternal Environment in Pregnancy (MEP) study in collaboration with Dr Matthew Coleman, an obstetrician at University Hospital Southampton.

Dr Haitchi’s group studies asthma and in particular the role of the asthma gene ADAM33 and influence of the maternal environment on the early origin of lung disease using in vivo and in vitro asthma research models.

The post will be full time for 12 months, funded by a BMA Foundation for Medical Research The James Trust grant 2019, awarded to Drs Haitchi and Coleman in collaboration with Jeff Whitsett and Assem Ziady from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA and Rob Ewing from Proteomics and Systems Biology, UoS. 

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent qualifications and experience. A strong background in respiratory research with experience in molecular biology, microscopy and image analysis is essential. We especially welcome applications from enthusiastic candidates with prior knowledge of the effect of the maternal environment on respiratory disease development in human and/or mouse models, proteomics and RNA-Seq analysis and with a keen interest and willingness to learn bioinformatics.

We offer an exciting and stimulating work environment with local and international scientific collaborations. The respiratory research group in CES and the Southampton NIHR-Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) conducts world-class research spanning basic sciences and clinical research for asthma and other lung diseases. The position will be based in the Roger Brooke laboratory.

Besides a great research environment, Southampton and its surroundings provide a beautiful place to live.

More information on the group and BRC:

Informal enquiries are strongly encouraged and can be made to Dr Hans Michael Haitchi (email: - Potential interview dates: July/August 2020.

The University is committed to equality for all:

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 their PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote vacancy reference number 1220619FC-R on all correspondence.

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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