Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter

Cornwall, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Ref. No. R63835)

The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £39,609 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

College of Life and Environmental Sciences – Biosciences

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in research on host-pathogen interactions/insect antiviral immunity working with Dr Ben Longdon. This Wellcome Trust and Royal Society funded post is available for 2 years starting in 2019. The successful applicant will responsible for the day-to-day management of the project and will collaborate in designing and implementing an array of molecular biology experiments using up to 50 species of Drosophilidae and a natural RNA virus called Drosophila C Virus. The project will examine why viruses can infect some hosts and not others by examining the cellular and immune factors underlying these differences in susceptibility. We plan to examine the ability of the DCV-1A suppressor of RNAi to prevent processing of dsRNA into siRNAs by Dicer-2 in different host species. Some background to the project can be found here and here

Applicants will be able to independently plan, run and collect data from complex molecular biology experiments. The post will be based at the University of Exeter, but will collaborate with and spend significant amounts of time in the lab of Prof Ronald Van Rij (Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands) and also collaborate with Dr Darren Obbard (University of Edinburgh, UK).

The post will include carrying out molecular and biochemistry assays to examine antiviral RNAi immunity in different species of Drosophila. Experience with molecular procedures (RNA work including: RNA extractions, qRT-PCR, siRNA isolation and denaturing gel electrophoresis/native PAGE, RNAi assays) is essential. Experience in working with insects/Drosophila, viruses and R is desirable. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Informal enquiries strongly encouraged to Dr Ben Longdon, e-mail

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

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What we can offer you

Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;

Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly

An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development

Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy

A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Cornwall

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

Informal enquiries encouraged to Dr Ben Longdon, e-mail

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer, an Athena Swan accredited institution and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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