Research Fellow – AR1855MR
Vacancy Description
School of Biology/Scottish Oceans Institute, Salary: £32,004 per annum, Fixed Term: 3 years, Start: 1 March 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter

We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to work in the laboratory of Dr David Ferrier at the University of St Andrews for three years. The aim is to understand the regulatory mechanisms controlling the homeobox genes of the ParaHox cluster in invertebrate chordates (amphioxus and sea squirts), largely via means of reporter gene transgenics in the ascidian Ciona intestinalis (see Garstang et al (2016) BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:57). The focus will be on general regulatory mechanisms operating across the ParaHox cluster (with an initial focus on TCF/Lef and CTCF transcription factor binding sites) in order to better understanding how these major developmental control genes build animal nervous systems and guts as well as revealing general principles of gene cluster control. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic developmental biologist with a strong interest in evolution, with experience in molecular biology and microscopy. A PhD is essential.  

The work will be based at the Scottish Oceans Institute, Gatty Marine Laboratory at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Contact David Ferrier for further details (dekf@st-andrews.ac.uk) or see http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/contact/staffProfile.aspx?sunid=dekf or http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/edge/.  PLEASE NOTE that formal applications cannot be made to David, but must be submitted via the University vacancies link below.

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;  http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.  

Interviews will be held during the last 2 weeks of January 2017

Please quote ref: AR1855MR

Closing Date: 13 January 2017

Further Particulars:
AR1855MR FPs.doc 

School of Biology/Scottish Oceans Institute
Salary: £32,004 per annum
Fixed Term: 3 years
Start: 1 March 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter