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Research Associate in Photobiology

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Description: The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, with outstanding facilities and the widest range of courses. We are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence and innovative research. With 25 Nobel prize winners among our current and former staff and students, we have a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, from splitting the atom to giving the world graphene. We’re committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility in everything we do. And we’re on course to achieve our goal of becoming one of the top 25 research universities in the world by 2020.
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This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to join a research programme in Photobiology as part of the Dermatology theme of the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.

Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is highly energetic and interacts with the skin’s cellular, molecular and structural components. UVR, and in certain individuals, visible radiation, is a key environmental trigger of the inflammatory photodermatoses (photosensitivity disorders) which have immune, biochemical and other aetiology. They affect high proportions of the UK population, the severe forms preventing the outdoor activities of normal life and impacting on family, psychosocial health and employment; targeted and effective treatment strategies are required. This programme of research will examine mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of the photodermatoses and related UVR effects and the development of effective, personalized measures in prevention and treatment. Clinical studies and skin sample collection have been completed, providing an exceptional opportunity for photosensitive patient tissue analysis by the successful appointee.

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) in a biological science. Experience of research with human skin biomolecular techniques including immunohistochemistry is essential.

Experience or a strong interest in biomarker discovery is desirable. You will be enthusiastic and highly motivated with excellent administration and communication skills, and be experienced in data analysis.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit.

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322
Employment Type: Contract Based
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Name: Professor Lesley Rhodes