Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Department for Health

Salary Starting from £33,199, rising to £39,609 Pro Rata

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Monday 10 June 2019

Closing date Sunday 30 June 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference SS6651R

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Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the Department for Health at the University of Bath in the field of Exercise Oncology and Immunology.

The post-holder will lead a Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award project that aims to establish whether exercise can be used to aid the detection and treatment of blood cancers. 

Specifically, the project aims to demonstrate in people with leukaemia that exercise can be used to enhance: (i) the diagnostic detection of minimal residual disease, and (ii) the efficacy of immunotherapy, via the augmentation of immune competency. 

The successful candidate will join a research team, led by Dr John Campbell, Dr James Turner (University of Bath), and Dr Sally Moore (Bath Royal United Hospitals NHS Trust).

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or equivalent qualification) in immunology, and will have considerable experience of flow cytometry and associated immunological techniques. Candidates with a PhD in exercise physiology (or a similar field) with relevant biochemistry laboratory skills are also encouraged to apply. It is highly desirable that the post-holder has demonstrable experience of conducting exercise testing in clinical populations, preferably in people with cancer. The post-holder will also have a strong track-record of publications in leading journals for their discipline, and excellent organisational and communication skills. 

The main duties and responsibilities will include: participant recruitment and screening, conducting exercise testing, collecting blood samples, and undertaking immunological assays (e.g., flow cytometry and cell function measures), cell culture and other associated immunological techniques. 

The Department for Health at the University of Bath is a community providing excellent opportunities for developing an academic career. We currently have 57 core members of research and teaching staff, and 35 postgraduate students. Our research is organised around three themes: Lifelong Health and Wellbeing, Improving Human Function, and a Fair and Vibrant Society. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF2014), we returned staff across three Units of Assessment, ranking 5th (Sport & Exercise Science) and 6th (Allied Health Professions), with ~90% of our outputs rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (i.e. 3-4*). 

The Department for Health are dedicated to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and students. We hold a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our ongoing commitment to gender equality.

This position is a fixed term contract with an expected duration until June 2021. Whilst this is a full time post (36.5 hours per week) we may be able to consider part time applicants wishing to work on a job share basis or 0.8 FTE. Please indicate on your application form what your preference would be.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr John Campbell (j.campbell@bath.ac.uk). 

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.