School of Life Sciences

MRC Genome Damage and Stability Centre

looking for colonies of cells high performance image microscopy preparing for an experiment examining a reaction in a small tube plating out cells into dishes for incubation

The GDSC is a research centre investigating the responses of cells to genome damage and their relationship to cancer and other aspects of human disease.

Medical Research CouncilThe purpose-built laboratories, funded by the Joint Infrastructure Fund (JIF), the Wolfson Foundation and Sussex University, are located adjacent to the School of Life Sciences, and provide a dynamic and collaborative environment for carrying out state-of -the-art research. Much of this research is supported by the Medical Research Council via a Centre Grant and Programme Grants. The Centre currently houses twenty research groups.

Additional funding bodies:

Bioscience for the future logo European Research Council logo Wellcome trust logo Marie Curie logo Ataxia UK logo
Cancer Research UK logo Leukaemia Lymphoma Research logo The Royal Society logo Association for International Cancer Research logo Human Frontier logo

PhD Studentships

 Most studentships in the GDSC are funded by the MRC, BBSRC, EU and Cancer Research UK studentships. These cover registration, running expenses, travel to an international meeting and a stipend. Eligibility for these studentships depends on the criteria set by the funding bodies.


Studentships available:

For listings of our 2014 PhD studentships please go to:


Job Opportunities:

Research Technician (Fixed term) Ref 688

Fixed term for one year, full time Salary range: starting at £23,585 and rising to £27,318 per annum.  It is normal to appoint at the first point of the salary scale. Closing date for applications:  31 July 2014 Expected start date: 1 September 2014

Applications are invited for a Research Technician to join the group of Dr Jessica Downs to study the DNA damage response in fractionated radiotherapy.  This project is a collaboration between research groups in the GDSC (Prof. Jeggo and Dr Downs) and the Institute of Cancer Research (Prof. Yarnold and Dr Somaiah).

The applicant is required to have experience of working in a relevant research lab using relevant methodologies, and with clear evidence of working efficiently and productively within a dynamic team, and of producing research data suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journal.

Applicants should also have the ability to multi-task, prioritise work effectively and have good communication skills.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Jessica Downs:

Ref 688 Further particulars including person specification [PDF 181.28KB]