Research Associate / Fellow in Germline Development
University of Nottingham Department of Animal Sciences
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Germline Development (fixed term)

Closing Date
Friday, 11th December 2020
Job Type
Animal Sciences, Biosciences
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for a Research Associate/Fellow position to work on a BBSRC funded project investigating the mechanisms germline development in the laboratory of Prof. Ramiro Alberio (U. of Nottingham), Prof. Azim Surani (U. of Cambridge) and Prof. Matt Loose (U. of Nottingham). 

The project will investigate the molecular mechanisms of primordial germ cell (PGC) specification and reprogramming in mammals. We will use genome-wide transcriptional and epigenetic profiling to establish how PGC competent progenitors become specified in embryos. This position will especially suit candidates with experience in single cell RNASeq., genome wide epigenomics techniques, and embryology. The successful candidate will also use in vitro functional assays to model PGC development using embryonic stem cell, as well as gene editing to study gene function. The post offers a unique opportunity to work in fast developing fields (stem cell biology, single cell genomics and gene editing) and to develop skills in state-of-the-art technologies. 

Applicants must be highly motivated and capable of working independently, with a PhD (or near completion) in cell/developmental or related biological science. A track record of publishing research and excellent presentation skills are also desirable. Experience in embryo dissection, generation of transgenic reporter cell lines, gene targeting and other genome editing techniques are also relevant for the project.  

The post is available from 1st January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for up to three years. The applicant will be based at the University of Nottingham, but willingness to travel within the UK to work with collaborators in Cambridge, is desirable. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

For more information on our lab activities please visit:,

For informal enquiries please email the following items to Ramiro Alberio (

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