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Research Fellow - Retinal Cell Biology

Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £34,980 to £37,099 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term to 30/04/2027
Closing Date:  Thursday 07 March 2024
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2606624FC

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and capable postdoctoral researcher to join the Retinal Cell Biology Lab led by Dr Jörn Lakowski at the University of Southampton. The successful candidate will join the multidisciplinary Faculty of Medicine’s Vision Group, composed of both basic scientists and clinicians, providing a rich environment for exciting professional and personal development. Supported by the research charity Retina UK, this translational research project will utilize innovative technologies in the area of human pluripotent stem cell derived retinal organoid cultures and transcriptomics. The post holder will work on a collaborative project seeking to understand the molecular mechanisms of cone photoreceptor death in retinitis pigmentosa. The post will be funded until 30/04/2027 in the first instance.  

Candidates should have a PhD (or about to be awarded) in a relevant area and a BSc/MSc in a related life science subject (e.g. developmental cell biology/genetics). A background or strong interest in mammalian cellular and developmental biology is essential. The candidate will have robust skills in molecular biology techniques as well as experience in pluripotent stem cell culture, retinal organoid differentiation, histology, flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. Experience with using the programming language R is desirable. The candidate must have excellent organisational, communication and problem solving skills.  

Evidence of a successful track-record in research and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team is required. 

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 Senior Research Assistant will be given.

 For further information please contact:  Dr Jörn Lakowski  (

Application Procedure 

The application deadline is midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need assistance, call Recruitment on  +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Quote the advert reference 2606624FC on all correspondence. 


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