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Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology (Leverhulme Trust)

Biological Sciences Research

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £29,301
Full Time, Fixed Term (3 years)
Closing Date:  Thursday 29 June 2017
Interview Date:   Monday 17 July 2017
Reference:  877517BJ

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to join Dr. Gomez-Nicola’s team ( to investigate novel models to analyse the dynamics and diversity of microglial cells.

Microglial cells are the resident immune cells of the brain and play crucial roles in the regulation of normal and pathological neural functions. This project is funded by The Leverhulme Trust and will investigate how the microglial population is setup in development and how it regulates its identity until ageing, helping to better understand the roles of these cells in the brain, through a multidisciplinary approach using in vivo models, genetic molecular tools and analysis of brain function.

Experience in areas related to neuroscience or neuroimmunology is essential. 

You will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualification and laboratory experience in a relevant area, with a strong neuroscience or neuroimmunology component. Having previous experience with in vivo models will be advantageous. You should be an enthusiastic and well-motivated scientist, capable of contributing substantially to developing your own research project, a good team-worker and an excellent communicator.

This post offers an opportunity to gain experience of diverse techniques working in a research team within an exciting multi-disciplinary research environment. 

The University of Southampton provides an outstanding environment for research on neuroscience. The research group is part of the Alzheimer’s Research UK South Coast Network and the Southampton Neuroscience Group (SoNG), and is integrated across the disciplines of biology and medicine including laboratories with clinical and non-clinical expertise.

The post is available for a period of 3 years. Interviews are likely to be held in July. Informal inquires can be made to Dr Gomez-Nicola (

This post can be offered on a part-time / job share basis.

Applications 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 completion of 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 Anna Shikhareva (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote vacancy reference number 877517BJ on all correspondence.

The University of Southampton holds an Athena Swan Silver Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  Biological Sciences is able to provide flexible working opportunities in a part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.

The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts. 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Centre for Biological Sciences

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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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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