Jobs and PhDs


Senior Research Associate

Biomedical & Life Sciences
Location:  Bailrigg, Lancaster, UK
Salary:   £38,205 to £44,263 (Full time, indefinite with end date contract)
Closing Date:   Sunday 21 July 2024
Interview Date:   Thursday 01 August 2024
Reference:  0747-24

We are seeking a senior post-doctoral research associate to join the laboratory of Prof Mick Urbaniak in the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Lancaster University, UK for a period of one year. This BBSRC funded project will investigate heat shock signalling and response in African trypanosomes using a combination of genetic and proteomic techniques. 

Lancaster University has a world-class reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching and research. The Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, within the Faculty of Health and Medicine, is a rapidly growing, innovative and vibrant Division whose research effort is directed towards understanding basic cellular and physiological mechanisms that underpin disease states. Our lab investigates how trypanosomes use post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression to respond to changes in their environment, such periods of fever within the mammalian host (see Ooi et al (2020), DOI: 10.1016/j.jprot.2020.103735). You will be joining a small, dedicated team in a well-equipped laboratory space with facilities including Biohazard Category 2 and 3 laboratories.

You are required to have a PhD in Biochemistry or a related subject, and a strong background in either trypanosome cell biology or quantitative proteomics. Experience of molecular biology, cell culture techniques, and the analysis and interpretation of data is essential. Experience of working with the African trypanosomes Trypanosoma brucei and Trypanosoma congolense, RNA and proteomic techniques would be an advantage, although training will be given.

The Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences is a friendly research environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee and which actively promotes a healthy work-life balance. The Faculty is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies and has held a Silver Athena SWAN award since 2014 in recognition of its good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Informal enquiries are welcomed, please contact Prof Mick Urbaniak:

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 30th November 2025. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups and are happy to consider flexible working requests.

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Parasitology – Queen’s University Belfast, UK

The School of Biological Sciences together with the Institute of Global Food Security provides a vibrant and integrated research and enterprise environment, conducting globally competitive and sustainable research that addresses major challenges and develops solutions to many of the global challenges that we face today. We are internationally recognised for our world leading research and are we number 1 in the UK for research excellence in the UK REF 2021 (UoA 6).

The successful candidate should be working in the area of at the Big Data / Parasitology interface. Specifically, the appointee would be expected to demonstrate excellent productivity in the modelling and or bioinformatics areas as they pertain to parasitology. This could include but is not limited to: systems biology/informatics approaches to enhance understanding of parasite biology, evolution or parasite-host interplay; or modelling approaches to inform human and/or animal parasite infections in a one health context. Queen’s is an exciting and productive environment for parasitology research, and you will have access to cutting edge infrastructure in the areas of molecular, genomic, proteomic and metabolomics to underpin your research.

In line with our ambitious strategy, the successful candidate would further enhance our excellence, enterprise and reputation and to underpin our strategic commitment to interlinking teaching and research in the area of Parasitology. The successful candidate who will fit with the strategic vision of the School and Institute will be expected to establish and lead independent, competitively funded research programmes in their field of expertise and contribute to teaching a variety of aspects of the curriculum. They will support the School and Institute in providing high-quality student support in line with our teaching and learning strategy, fully utilising digital innovative platforms.

Application closing date: 31/07/2024 


Two postdoctoral positions, Parasites & Pathogens group

Position 1:

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Modelling vector (tick) ecology and tick borne pathogen transmission

University of Liverpool, £38,205 pa, deadline: 19-Jul-2024 23:30

Position 2:

We are seeking a 12-month postdoc (research assistant/research associate) to lead analyses on connectivity, behaviour and parasites of large herbivores.

University of Glasgow. 
The closing date is 25 July 2024, with a semiflexible start date of September 1 2024.

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