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PA to Centre Director

Vacancy ref: 046591

Closing date: 31 January, 2019

Personal Assistant to Professor Jeffrey Pollard. Providing him with all administrative needs for his research activities including typing detailed medical papers, manuscripts for publication in medical and scientific journals, referee reports for manuscripts presented for publication to medical and scientific journals. Provide grant and other report preparation services including pagination.

This post is available on a fixed term for 12 months.

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Research Technician

Vacancy ref: 046373

Closing date: 23 January 2019

Applications are invited for a Technician to work on the project - ‘Identifying disease promoting macrophages and tissue-identity in endometriosis’. Endometriosis is a chronic disorder affecting 176 million women worldwide and causes chronic pelvic pain and infertility.

The post holder will be based within the The Queen’s Medical Research Institute where they will work within a team led by Dr. Erin Greaves (View Dr Greaves profile) and benefit from close association with members of teams led by co-applicants Prof. Philippa Saunders and Prof. Andrew Horne (EXPPECT, Edinburgh, and Dr Stephen Jenkins

The primary objectives of the research are to determine the origins, fate and phenotype(s) of macrophages that drive the disease.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Vacancy ref: 046377

Closing date:  24 January 2019

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scientist to work on an MRC funded project entitled ‘Identifying disease promoting macrophages and tissue-identity in endometriosis’. Endometriosis is a chronic disorder that affects 176 million women world-wide. Endometriosis can cause chronic pelvic pain and infertility, there is no cure and new approaches to therapy are urgently needed. Limited treatments for the disorder exist. This University of Edinburgh team is focused on the role of macrophages in the pathophysiology of endometriosis with the goal of identifying new therapeutic strategies to treat the disorder. The group uses a range of approaches that include examination of well-characterized human tissues, a mouse model of endometriosis (including use of genetically modified mice), and appropriate cell models.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Vacancy ref: 046471

Closing date: 4 February, 2019

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellow to work on a 12-month project at The University of Edinburgh. The team investigates the regenerative properties of immune cell activation in the central nervous system following injury, with the goal of identifying new therapeutic strategies to treat disorders like multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. The project is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms driving central nervous system myelination and myelin repair, and how harnessing the regenerative properties of inflammation is a potential strategy to overcome failure of this repair. The group uses a range of approaches from examination of post-mortem tissue to in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo experimental modelling, molecular biology and bioinformatics.

The primary responsibilities of this position consist of analysis of transgenic brain tissue by immunofluorescence and electron microscopy, in vivo modelling of myelin injury/ repair, use of molecular biology techniques, immunofluorescent staining, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, data acquisition and quantification, and communication of results to the PI.

Applications are welcome from scientists with a PhD in biological sciences. Experience is required in the majority of the following techniques: animal handling, in vivo modelling of rodent injury, perfusion, CNS dissection, electron microscopy, immunofluorescent staining and fluorescent microscopy, and flow cytometry. Applicants with a first author publication and experience in the following techniques would be at an advantage: ultrastructural analysis of myelin, myelination assays, experimental modelling of demyelination and remyelination, and stereotaxic surgery.

The post is a fixed-term, full-time position. The post is available in February and tenable for 1 year.