Research Fellow I Ref 21493

School/department: School of Life Sciences 
Hours: Full-time or Part-time considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE / 37.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). There is expected to be some overlap with core working hours for the purpose of student supervision and project/group meetings.
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Fixed term for 3 years
Reference: 21493
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: 14 September 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: Late September 2023
Expected start date: October 2023 or as close as possible.

Job description

The Morgan Lab at the University of Sussex is seeking to appoint a highly talented and motivated Research Fellow to progress a 3-year Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Little Princess Trust (LPT) research project grant targeting aberrant Wnt/b-catenin signalling in paediatric acute myeloid leukaemia (pAML). Specifically, this project will interrogate b-catenin interaction with RNA binding proteins (RBP) and RNA and how this impacts pAML cell growth/survival/chemosensitivity, with the aim of developing targeted patient treatments.

The research focus of the group is centered around understanding the role of Wnt/b-catenin signalling in both normal haematopoiesis and AML. Candidates with practical experience in RNA-based methods (e.g. RIP, CLIP, in vitro transcription, polysome profiling etc) are highly desirable alongside competencies in the following molecular techniques below:

  • Flow cytometry
  • Retroviral/Lentiviral generation
  • Viral transduction
  • qRT-PCR
  • Haematopoietic tissue culture (cell lines and primary cells)
  • Immunoblotting

The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art facilities housed within the School of Life Sciences and will have the opportunity to benefit from the wider expertise and resources available from the on-campus Sussex Haematology Research and RNA Biology Research groups. Dr Morgan is also keen and well placed to develop the careers of young early career researchers and welcomes applications from ambitious scientists pursuing their transition to independence.

Please contact Dr Rhys Morgan at for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and 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 University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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