Job Description
Job title:
Department/School:
Research Associate In Long Non-Coding RNA
Biology
Biology and Biochemistry
Grade:
7
Location:
Claverton Down, 4 South
Job purpose
The research associate will use the CNS expressed long non-coding RNA
(lncRNA) Paupar as a model to investigate the mechanisms of trans-acting long
non-coding RNA genomic targeting and chromatin regulation.
Source and nature of management provided
Principal Investigator: Dr Keith Vance
Staff management responsibility
None. However, the research associate may be asked to assist with the
supervision of other staff and students in the lab.
Special conditions
Compliance with all relevant Codes of Practice and regulations for the University and
relevant discipline.
Main duties and responsibilities
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Carry out research to a high standard.
Take a lead in the experimental design and execution of the project.
Collect, analyse and interpret data generated during the project and
keep up to date lab books
Draft manuscripts for publication and present research at national
and international meetings
Support other lab members in experimental design and assist with
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student supervision
Manage project effectively: e.g. timetabling and meeting project
milestones; participating in regular discussions with collaborative
partners, organising and storing project data in a clear manner on
university managed drives.
Participate regularly in group meetings. Prepare and deliver
presentations to project team, internal and external stakeholders or
funders and undertake outreach activities when needed.
Continually update knowledge and understanding in field or specialism
to inform research activity.
Provide assistance in the preparation of grant proposals to secure
funds for future research.
You will from time to time be required to undertake other duties of a similar nature
as reasonably required by your line manager. You are required to follow all
University policies and procedures at all times and take account of University
guidance.
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Person Specification
Criteria
Essential
Desirable
Assessed by
A/F
Qualifications
A PhD in a relevant discipline (or
equivalent standard for overseas
applicants)
Experience/Knowledge
Experience in mammalian cell culture
and molecular biology
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Research experience in chromatin
analysis techniques such as 3C and
ChIP, FISH and next generation
sequencing technologies
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Demonstrates significant depth and
breadth of specialist knowledge of
subject matter
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Demonstrates awareness of latest
developments in the field of lncRNA
and chromatin biology and in
research design
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Demonstrates potential to publish in
high quality, peer reviewed journals
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Computational analysis of microarray
and ChIP-Seq data
Skills
Ability to prepare research plans, to
conduct individual research work and
to analyse and interpret results
Ability to organise and prioritise own
workload
I/T
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R
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Ability to write research reports and to x
effectively disseminate outcomes
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Excellent oral, interpersonal and
written communication skills
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Criteria
Essential
Desirable
Assessed by
A/F
I/T
Proficiency in IT skills
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Expertise in mammalian cell culture
and molecular biology
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Expertise in chromatin analysis
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Bioinformatics skills
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Attributes
Innovation and developing creative
solutions
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Enthusiasm and self-motivation.
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Organisation – able to plan and
deliver work to meet required
deadlines
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Tenacity – working to achieve own
and team objectives and to overcome
obstacles
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Ability to be an effective team worker
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Good lab citizen
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Code: A/F – Application form, I/T – Interview/Test, R – References
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