Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mammary Stem Cell Biology

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mammary Stem Cell Biology

University of Southampton

Southampton, United Kingdom

A Research Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Mammary Stem Cell Biology & Breast Cancer headed by Dr. Salah Elias at the School of Biological Science (SoBS) – University of Southampton (UoS), to study the mechanisms of asymmetric cell division during mammary gland development and homeostasis. The position is available for 3 years tenable from February 2019, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

The Project

Our lab focusses on studying the mechanisms that regulate mammary stem cell fate and dynamics in normal development and breast cancer. This exciting project is a collaboration between our group and Dr. Philip Greulich group based at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UoS. It will employ combined cutting-edge in vivo single-cell lineage tracing, quantitative three-dimensional (3D) high-resolution imaging and single-cell RNA-sequencing as well as mathematical/computational modelling to (1) identify novel mechanisms that control mitotic spindle orientation in mammary stem cells; and (2) determine how these mechanisms influence cell fate outcomes in the differentiating mammary epithelium. The outcomes of this collaborative project are expected to provide important novel insight into the identity, dynamics and potential of mammary stem cells.

The Successful Candidate

You will be responsible for the development of the project, which includes experimental design, data collection and interpretation. You will work in collaboration with Dr. Greulich group who will use mathematical modelling to compare the generated experimental data with predictions from stochastic models for cell fate dynamics, and test the project’s hypotheses via Bayesian inference. You are also expected to contribute to new ideas for research projects, develop ideas for writing grant proposals, prepare scientific reports, write up results for publication in international peer-reviewed journals, assist other members of our group or people working on collaborative projects to become familiar with new methodologies, act as a source of information and advice on scientific protocols.

You will hold a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in epithelial stem cell and/or cancer biology (or related field). A strong evidence of proficiency in cell biology and quantitative advanced microscopy in vivo is necessary. You will have experience in animal models and have a personal licence to work with rodents or be prepared to obtain such a licence via attendance of in-house courses. Experience in molecular biology techniques including Next Generation Sequencing is desirable. Basic understanding of computational/mathematical modelling would be advantageous. You will be friendly and have excellent interpersonal skills with a desire to communicate with other researchers whilst maintaining the highest level of professionalism at all times.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Salah Elias and/or Dr. Philip Greulich

It is anticipated that interviews will take place at the end of November 2018.

Application Procedure

Closing Date: 5th November 2018. However, we encourage early applications as we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis. Therefore the advert may close before the deadline if suitable candidates are identified. First review date: 29th October 2018

How to Apply: You should submit your completed application form online at Please include (1) a cover letter outlining your scientific interests, describing how you meet the requirements of the position, and an outline of future goals; (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) contact information for at least two references.

References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting.

If you need any assistance, please call Samantha Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4046. Please quote vacancy reference number 1061818BJ on all correspondence.

*Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Stem Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Breast cancer
Asymmetric cell division
Lineage tracing

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Quote Reference: 1061818BJ