Research Fellow I in Motor Neurone Disease Ref 21487
School/department: School of Life Sciences/ Department of Neuroscience,
Hours: Full-time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE (37,5 hours). Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: fixed-term until for 24 months
Salary: Research Fellow I starting at £37,099 to £44,263 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 14 August 2023.
Closing date: 11 September 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: As soon as possible.
The School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex is at the forefront of research in the UK. In the recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2021), 100% of our Impact cases in Biological Sciences and Chemistry were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School has received substantial recent University investment and is embarking on an exciting and extensive, muti-million pound refurbishment and improvement project.
We wish to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher funded by the Motor Neurone Disease Association to identify non-coding RNAs (e.g. microRNA) in blood, which have potential as biomarkers in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; motor neurone disease, MND).
This exciting project will utilize the novel RNA-seq technology approach to detect all small non-coding RNAs, including known and as yet unknown microRNAs, in a clinical trial cohort of blood plasma from people with and without ALS.
The most promising non-coding RNA biomarkers with significant sensitivity and specificity for potential use as markers of prognosis and/or progression of ALS will be used in monitoring the efficacy of low-dose interleukin 2 in the recently completed MIROCALS clinical trial.
These new RNA biomarkers may permit an indication of prognosis which may help in assisting in drug development through novel pathway discovery.
We seek a postdoctoral scientist with a strong background in RNA, molecular biology, and machine learning techniques who is capable of working as part of a small team as well as the ability to organise and direct their work within a larger collaboration.
The successful candidate will join research group of Professor Majid Hafezparast (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/hafezparastlab/) at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Sussex, in collaboration with Dr Andre Altmann, University College London and Professor Nigel Leigh, Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
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Please contact Professor Majid Hafezparast (firstname.lastname@example.org; he/him) for informal enquiries.
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