Research Assistant Ref : 2039

School/department: School of Life Sciences / Genome Damage and Stability Centre
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 6 months
Reference: 2039 
Salary: starting at £29,515 to £33,199 per annum
Placed on: 5 August 2019 
Closing date: 18 August 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: 1 September 2019

Job description

The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014.

Based in the School of Life Sciences, the Genome Damage and Stability Centre  (, is an internationally renowned Institute carrying out research on the response of cells to DNA damage, genome instability and its relationship to disease. We provide a stimulating and supportive environment and our expertise covers a range of experimental systems.

A fixed-term Research Assistant position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Antony Oliver and Prof. Laurence Pearl, working as part of a drug-discovery programme that seeks to discover small-molecule inhibitors of DNA repair enzymes, as potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of cancer.

Recent work arising from the Oliver/Pearl research grouping, and an overview of research carried out in the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, can be found at:

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers.

The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at Family Friendly Policies

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Dr. Oliver ( before applying.   

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Applications should be accompanied by a full CV, a statement of research interests and aspirations (not more than 4 pages), and the names of two academic referees.

You must email your completed application, full CV, a statement of research interests and aspirations, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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