Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bone Cell - Biomedical Engineering

School/Institution:University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford

Discipline: Biomedical Engineering

Employment Type:Full-time


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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bone Cell Senescence in Diabetes

Division: Medical Sciences Division

Department: Department of Biochemistry

Location: South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QU

Grade and salary: Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 per annum

Vacancy reference: 144208

Additionalinformation : You are required to submit a CV (max 4 pages A4) and a supportingstatement (max 2 pages A4) with your application, outlining how you meet each of the selection criteria for the role (see below for details). Your application will not be processed if you do not include both documents.

Research topic: Bone cell senescence in diabetes

Principal Investigator /supervisor: Lynne Cox

Project team: This is a collaborative project with Prof Rivka Dresner Pollak, Jerusalem

Project web site:

The role

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, Lynne Cox, the post holder will be a member of a research group with responsibility for carrying out research on a collaborative project examining the role of cell senescence in bone fragility in a model of type I diabetes. The post holder will provide guidance to less experienced members of the research group, including postdocs, research assistants, technicians, and DPhil and project students.

This post is funded under the new 2019 BIRAX initiative on healthy ageing, run by the British Council and the British Embassy in Israel, together with partner Diabetes UK, bringing together researchers from the UK and Israel to enhance scientific progress on ageing research. This project will be part of the wider BIRAX programme, providing opportunities to meet other BIRAX award holders, travel to the partner country to exchange expertise and attend and present at regular BIRAX meetings. It aims not only to identify the role of cell senescence in diabetic bone,but also to attempt to develop possible new therapies to improve ageing outcomes in type I diabetes.


  • Manage own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines, as well as keeping detailed and precise records of all experimental work and data generated
  • Conduct experimental procedures according to accepted protocols; where relevant, adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols
  • Test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate in light of new data from the lab, collaborators and from the scientific literature
  • Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports, journal articles, posters and talks, represent the lab at scientific conferences and meetings, through presenting posters and/or talks
  • Appropriately and safely use specialist scientific equipment in a laboratory environment.
  • Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and experimental techniques.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in partner institutions and research groups, particularly including annual collaborative visits to Hadassah Medical Centre, Jerusalem, meetings with and presentations to funders and attendance at BIRAX events.
  • Contribute ideas for new avenues of research.

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If you are offered the post, you will be asked to provide proof of your right-to-work, your identity,and we will contact the referees you have nominated. You will also be asked to complete a health declaration (so that you can tell us about any health conditions or disabilities so that we can discuss appropriate adjustments with you), and a declaration of any unspent criminal convictions.

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Selection criteria


  • Hold a PhD/DPhil, or be near completion of a PhD/DPhil, with a molecular cell biology focus
  • Have relevant experience in one or more of the following: ageing, cell senescence, bone biology, and/or diabetes
  • Possess sufficient specialist knowledge and expertise to work effectively on the research programme
  • Be able to manage own academic research and associated activities.
  • Have demonstrable experience of contributing to publications/presentations.
  • Be able to contribute ideas to progress this project, to help in developing new research projects and for research income generation
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, represent the research group at domestic and international meetings, and interact with funders
  • Be willing to act as a member of an international research team including undertaking collaborative visits to the partner lab (Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem)


  • Molecular cell biology skills eg PCR, RT-PCR, Western blotting; -omics experience may be an advantage
  • Tissue culture experience including thorough understanding of sterile technique and working with primary mammalian cells (e.g. mouse or human)
  • Experience of working with murine tissues.

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