University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Research Assistant

United Kingdom

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Research Assistant

Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QU

Full-time, Fixed-term until 30 September 2025

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on neuronal resilience in Alzheimer's Disease in the Laboratory of Dr. Becky Carlyle, Alzheimer's Research UK Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford. This lab is a satellite lab of the Laboratory of Molecular Neurodegeneration headed by Professor Richard Wade-Martins. The Research Assistant will support the development and implementation of assays to study neuronal resilience using CRISPR screening in human neuronal cell lines and human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons. This is an exciting opportunity to use cutting-edge technologies to contribute towards the development of potential novel therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease. The successful candidate will report to Dr. Becky Carlyle.

Duties will include undertaking cellular and molecular experiments to assay neuronal resilience in iPSC-derived neurons and neuronal-like cell lines, including focused CRISPR screens; management of your own research within guidelines provided by Dr. Carlyle; project planning; experimental optimization; presentation of data; contribution to scientific reports and articles; and assistance with general lab management and administration.

Applicants must hold, or be near completion of, a BSc/MSc in a relevant area of research and have a strong interest in cellular neuroscience, and molecular cell biology relevant to analysis of neuronal phenotypes. You will have practical experience of working with cell cultures, strong communication skills, and the ability to manage your own research activities. You will have experience of following and adapting protocols, including for imaging-based experiments. The ability to innovate, trouble-shoot technical problems, be meticulous in practical work and in record keeping is essential. You should demonstrate a commitment to engaging with, and promoting awareness of, equality, diversity and inclusion in your work.

The post is available from 1st October 2024 and is fixed term until 30th September 2025.

The post will be based in the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QU.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Carlyle – [email protected].

Closing date for applications is midday on 31st May 2024.

Interviews are likely to be held on the week beginning 17th June 2024.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

While this is a full-time role, we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We, as a Department and Community, will be considerate and welcoming of all people, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socio-economic background. We acknowledge societal inequalities and how these impact us, and those around us, personally and professionally. – DPAG Statement of Inclusion

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 172650 Contact Phone : 01865 282167 Closing Date & Time : 31-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 6 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 32332 - 34980

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Research Assistant


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 02, 2024

Application deadline

May 31, 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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