Research Fellow in Muscle Biology

Country: United Kingdom;

City: Leeds

Vacancy added: 30.09.2019

Employer: University of Leeds

Resumes due: 27.10.2019


You will be embedded within a vibrant and translational research team, working alongside clinicians and scientists to better understand the molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy in heart failure and diabetes, with a key goal of developing novel small-molecule therapeutics. This project will specifically combine experiments in both humans and animal models to investigate the link between muscle atrophy, mitochondrial dysfunction, and insulin resistance. You will be integrated into an internationally leading team of researchers in the areas of muscle biology (Dr Scott Bowen and Dr Siegfried Labeit), metabolism (Dr Lee Roberts and Dr Stephen Wheatcroft), and cardiology (Dr Sarah Calaghan and Dr Klaus Witte), linking both in vitro and in vivo molecular and functional muscle measurements. 


You should have a PhD (or be close to completion) in biomedical science or a closely allied discipline. A background in skeletal muscle biology, with experience in molecular/cell biology, physiology and/or biochemistry is essential. You should have established skills in the measurement of protein expression (western blot), gene expression (qPCR), and cell structure (immunohistochemistry). Additional experience in mitochondrial biology, and working with animal disease models and/or clinical patient populations would be beneficial.


The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was reawarded a Bronze award in 2017.  We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information. 


To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Scott Bowen, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

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