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Department of Pharmacology


Department of Pharmacology, Central Cambridge


Research Associate (Fixed Term)

SALARY:                           £33,309-£40,927
REFERENCE:                    PL30700
CLOSING DATE:               22 April 2022

A talented and creative postdoctoral researcher is sought to work in the Wilson group in the Department of
Pharmacology ( on a British Heart Foundation-funded project.
The goal of this project is to determine if transient co-expression of Myc and Cyclin T1 activates controlled
proliferation of cardiomyocytes and functional regeneration of cardiac muscle after experimental MI, with an
overarching aim to develop transformative cardiac regenerative therapeutics.

The successful applicant will work in the Wilson group in the Department of Pharmacology, Cambridge
University and will employ genetically modified mice and surgical models of heart attack. They will develop and
test novel RNA based therapeutics in vitro and in vivo. They will combine histological, fluorescent and single cell
resolution transcriptional analysis with cardiac function analysis to determine the spatio-temporal effects of
regenerative gene expression.

Responsibilities will include managing research activities and animal work, generating high quality data and
developing scientific techniques. You will be expected to take a lead in some areas of the research and
contribute intellectually to the direction of the research project. You will be expected to present your data locally
at lab meetings and seminars, and more widely at international scientific conferences. You will be expected to
assist in drafting scientific manuscripts.

Candidates should be highly motivated and productive with an enthusiastic approach to science. You will have
exceptional organisational skills. You will be skilled at presenting your data, verbally and written. You should be
committed to collaborative and interdisciplinary research and be able to work both independently and part of a
research team. The post is particularly suitable for candidates who have recently completed a PhD and have
experience in molecular/cellular biology relevant to the project. Experience with animal models, including
surgical models and in vivo imaging or holding a Home Office personal license is highly desirable. Experience in
cardiovascular research, molecular biology techniques, microscopic image analysis, single nuclei RNA
sequencing, and bioinformatics/biostatistics will be highly advantageous.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Catherine Wilson

Please quote reference PL30700 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections
of society.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.