Research Fellow in Human Sleep and Molecular Circadian Rhythms (15month contract)
We are pleased to offer this exciting opportunity to join a BBSRC-funded project that is participating in a study coordinated by the European Space Agency to investigate the effects of extended head-down tilt bed rest (simulating micro-gravity) on human sleep-wake activity, and genome-wide transcriptomics in blood. You will help to coordinate the collection of study data, which will take place at the MEDES Space Clinic in Toulouse. You will employ a wide range of experimental techniques including measurement of activity and light exposure with actigraphy, the acquisition and analysis of sleep and wake EEG using state-of-the-art portable units, analysis of circadian hormones in saliva, the processing and transcriptomic analysis of time series blood RNA samples and associated bioinformatics analyses.
Sleep-wake and actigraphy analyses will be supported by our state-of-the-art facilities and experienced technical staff within the Surrey Sleep Research Centre. Molecular genetic aspects will be performed in our School of Biosciences & Medicine laboratories, which are equipped with facilities for robotic sample processing and genomic analyses. The successful applicant will hold a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (although individuals near completion may as be considered.)Training can be provided in all of the experimental techniques but previous experience in these areas would be desirable but not essential. Ideally, we are looking for someone who is highly adaptable and can perform across a range of techniques from integrated disciplines. The project will provide excellent training opportunities.
The position is available for 15 months (from the 1st June 2016) with a salary starting at £30,738, with a possibility to extend for a further 3 months.
The University of Surrey is amongst the highest achieving universities in the United Kingdom, having just been awarded the Times/ Sunday Times University of the Year Award for 2016. Ranked 4th in The Guardian league table for 2016, 8th in the complete University guide and the recipient of three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. This has positioned Surrey for even greater success in the future.
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Closing Date 15th April 2016
Interviews anticipated w/c 21st April 2016