Research Fellow Ref 9791

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 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 3 years 
Reference: 9791
Salary: starting at £35,333  to £42,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  21 September 2022
Closing date: 17 October 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 01 November 2022


Job description

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.

Based in the School of Life Sciences, the Genome Damage and Stability Centre  (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/gdsc/), 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 Wellcome Trust-funded postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr Kok-Lung (Chris) Chan in the Genome Damage and Stability Centre for 3 years. This project employs genome editing and advanced super-resolution imaging techniques to investigate the chromosome protection mechanism during mitosis in human cells under replication stress. The successful applicant will receive direct training by Dr Chan on advanced microscopy technologies and cell/chromosome biology skills. He/she will also receive 10 days per year for professional development. We aim to nurture a new generation of junior research leaders through this employment. Applicants are expected to be conscientious, hardworking, and highly self-motivated. They must have a relevant PhD, proven experience in mammalian cell biology, and preferably proven skills in molecular biology and basic imaging. An overview of research in the Chan lab can be found at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/gdsc/researchgroups and https://wellcome.org/news/wellcomes-latest-discovery-research-funding-awardees-showcase-breadth-researchers-imaginations. Applications, including full CV, should be sent to lifescirecruitment@sussex.ac.uk, and further information can be obtained informally from Kok-Lung (Chris) Chan; E-mail koklung.chan@sussex.ac.uk

The School of Life Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and providing an inclusive working environment. The School currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, has developed a Race Equity Action Plan and hosts an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group.

Applications are particularly welcomed from Black and minority ethnic candidates, and women, trans and non-binary candidates, who are under-represented in the School of Life Sciences.

Applications to posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers are welcome.

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 Chris Kok-Lung Chan (koklung.chan@sussex.ac.uk; [he/him]) before applying.

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

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 9791 [PDF 241.52KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

Visa Sponsorship Queries:

This role has been assigned an eligible SOC code and meets the salary requirements for Skilled Worker Sponsorship if full time. Please consult our Skilled Worker Visa information page  for further information about Visa Sponsorship.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship. 


How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to lifescirecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

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

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

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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