Research Fellow REF 5781

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 until 31 May 2022
Reference: 5781
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on:  19 April 2021
Closing date: 17 May 2021.   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: As soon as possible

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 12-month Wellcome Trust/Royal Society-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is immediately available to investigate how mammalian ES cells safeguard chromosome integrity against constant replication stress pressure.
  • Replication stress (RS) disturbs normal replication cell-cycle programme. The aim of this project is to investigate how fast growing ES cells withstand endogenous and exogenous RS challenges, and maintain pluripotency.
  • Applicants must have a PhD in replication and mitosis. Experience in ES cell culture, CRISPR and high-resolution microscopy is essential. A background in cell cycle, cytogenetics, live-cell imaging, ChIP-seq and gene expression analysis would be a distinct advantage. Applicants should have a strong publication record.

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 School of Life Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and providingan 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 before applying.

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