University of Lincoln

University of Lincoln

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Diabetes and Kidney Disease

United Kingdom

Closing in 13 days

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Diabetes and Kidney Disease Department of Life Sciences

Location: Lincoln Salary: From £37,099 per annum Please note, this post is fixed term for 24 months, and full time at 1.0 FTE. Closing Date: Sunday 08 October 2023 Interview Date: Thursday 26 October 2023 Reference: CHS020

Are you a highly motivated and skilled Post-Doctoral Research Associate, with an interest in diabetes and renal physiology? If so, this could be the role for you.

A leading cause of disease and mortality in type 2 diabetes (T2DM), diabetic kidney disease accounts for 30-50% of cases of advanced chronic kidney disease. For individuals with T2DM who struggle to regulate their blood glucose levels, and who are at high risk of developing, or have existing heart and kidney complications, an SGLT2i may be prescribed. A shortage of studies investigating how these drugs confer protection, combined with our lack of knowledge of how organ damage develops, hinders our ability to successfully treat or cure secondary complications of diabetes.

In this exciting opportunity, we are seeking applicants to join a programme of discovery research which aims to better understand the underlying mechanisms that drive late-stage kidney damage in people with and without diabetes. You should be able to work independently and as part of a team of researchers, to examine if SGLT2i therapy benefits people with kidney disease through the suppression of inflammation.

You will work under the guidance of Prof Claire Hills & Prof Paul Squires to investigate how sodium/glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) regulate inflammation using different in vitro models of human kidney disease, and you will have the opportunity to disseminate your research via international leading journals and conferences. You will be supported in your continuing professional development and will have access to a suite of training courses offered by the University on topics such as grant writing, project management, supervision, and leadership, with excellent opportunities for ongoing career development and progression.

You should have a PhD (or thesis submitted) in a relevant discipline and possess a strong background in bench-side research. You should also be able to demonstrate excellent communication and written skills. Experience in diabetes and renal physiology are desirable, but not essential.

The University of Lincoln has been recognised as one of the UK's most successful young universities, based in the beautiful and historic city of Lincoln. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), Lincoln ranked 21/90 on grey point average (GPA) for UoA3: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy, with 90% of our publications recognised as internationally excellent or world leading.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact either Claire Hills, Professor in Renal Physiology, at [email protected], or Paul Squires, Professor in Biomedical Science, at [email protected].

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    Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Diabetes and Kidney Disease


    University of Lincoln


    United Kingdom


    September 13, 2023

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    October 08, 2023

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