University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Scientist in Islet Isolation and Islet Transplantation

United Kingdom

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Postdoctoral Scientist in Islet Isolation and Islet Transplantation

Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, OCDEM, Churchill Hospital, Headington, Oxford

Contract type: Fixed term for 12 months

Hours: Full-time

About the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Scientist to be based in the DRWF Human Islet Isolation Facility at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism (OCDEM), Churchill Hospital. Funded by the NHS, through Highly Specialised Services, the successful candidate will be appointed as a senior member of the Human Islet Isolation team. The Islet Facility operates as part of the NHS commissioned UK Nationwide Human Islet Isolation programme, producing GMP grade human islets for transplantation, under regulation of the Human Tissue Authority. In addition to taking part in human pancreatic islet isolation and transplantation, the successful candidate will play a lead role in the Group's Translational Research programme, the platforms of which have the overall aim of optimising islet isolation and transplantation to reach our ultimate goal of reversing diabetes in children soon after diagnosis. The cutting-edge bench-to-bedside research have resulted in the Oxford Islet Transplant Research Group holding international standing amongst the islet isolation and transplantation communities.

About you

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a Biological Sciences discipline, in addition to prior experience supervising more junior members of staff. Experience in an aspect of human islet isolation and transplantation would be highly advantageous, but full training will be provided. In addition, working knowledge of Human Tissue Authority Regulations, in relation to the Human Application Sector, would be beneficial. You need to be able to work well in a team, carry out tasks with accuracy, and take a flexible approach to your workload. The capability to participate in an out of hours on-call islet isolation rota is essential for this role. You will receive a standby payment at 6% of the basic salary for on-call work.

Application Process

This full-time post is available immediately and is fixed-term for 12 months in the first instance. Informal enquires are welcome, and should be addressed to Dr Rebecca Spiers, Manager of the Oxford Human Islet Isolation Facility, tel: 01865 857507 or email: [email protected]

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria, curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application. Please quote reference NDSA931 on all correspondence.

Only applications received before noon 30 May 2024 can be considered. Interviews will be held 6 June 2024.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Contact Person : [email protected] Vacancy ID : 172822 Contact Phone : 01865 612268 Closing Date & Time : 30-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £44,263 per annum

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Postdoctoral Scientist in Islet Isolation and Islet Transplantation


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 11, 2024

Application deadline

May 30, 2024

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About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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