University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Research Assistant

United Kingdom

Closing in 5 days

Research Assistant

OCDEM, Churchill Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LE

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant position in the Prof David Hodson group within the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) (https: // www.

The successful applicant will assist in ongoing projects studying glucagon- like peptide-1 receptor (GLP1R) and gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP) receptor signaling using novel fluorescent probes and models. The project will focus on understanding where GLP1 and GIP receptors are localized and how they signal in complex tissue. An important component of the studies will be to use advanced cell imaging, including confocal and super-resolution modalities. Projects will be complemented with human islets and pancreas sections where needed.

Although full training will be given in a variety of techniques, the person appointed will be expected to work independently on most tasks or in collaboration with the support of colleagues. Methods will include the preparation and analysis of samples for hormone secretion, RNA extraction, PCR, cloning and optical imaging.

The project will involve:

• Isolation and culture of primary tissue.

• Immunohistochemistry and live cell imaging.

• Hormone secretion assays.

• Trouble-shooting and method development.

• Analysis and record-keeping.

The position would suit a cell biologist with experience of imaging, molecular genetics and cell culture. A background in diabetes, metabolism or neuroscience is desirable, but not essential, as full support and training will be provided.

The position is full time and fixed term until 28/02/2029. The position will be based at OCDEM, Churchill Hospital, Oxford.

For informal enquiries, please contact Supprina Thebe at [email protected]. Please quote reference 172064 on all correspondence. As part of your formal online application, you will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement. Only applications received before midday on 30/04/2024 can be considered. Interviews are scheduled to be held on 22/05/2024

Contact Person : Supprina Thebe Vacancy ID : 172064 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 30-Apr-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 6 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £32,332 - £38,205 per annum

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Research Assistant


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


April 03, 2024

Application deadline

April 30, 2024

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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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