FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES
School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering
Research Associate (0.5FTE)
Grade 7 Starting salary £33,797 per annum (pro rata)
Fixed Term – 2 years
This post presents an exciting opportunity for a highly-motivated scientist to use their technical skills in a clinical setting, working closely with patients and clinicians of different disciplines. The project involves organising the collection of samples from patients who are undergoing surgery for their back pain who are willing to be part of this research study. It involves working with other clinicians and scientists in London (King’s College and Imperial) who are experts in back pain and the microbiome, as the overall objective is to determine if there is a group of back patients whose pain may be related to an infection in their intervertebral discs which can lead to changes in the bone of the adjacent vertebral bodies. The project involves sample and data collection, working with patients and surgeons in clinic and the operating theatre and independently in the research laboratories here in Oswestry enabling transfer of samples to London for bacterial analyses.
We are interested in finding someone with excellent technical and communication skills; training will be provided in the appropriate techniques required. The work is funded by Versus Arthritis.
The successful applicant will join the School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering at Keele University, but working in the Spinal Studies and Cartilage Repair Research Group in the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt, Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH), Oswestry. The project is led by Prof Frances Williams, King’s College, London in collaboration with colleagues at Imperial College (London).
The Spinal Studies and Cartilage Repair Research Group is an active group of Keele University employees and PhD students based in the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt, Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH), Oswestry. We focus on the biology of neuromusculoskeletal tissues in health and disease, having excellent opportunities for collaborations between scientists and clinicians.
Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience. With a turnover in excess of £170 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research. Further information can be found at http://www.keele.ac.uk
The University is committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible.
Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.
Please note this appointment is subject to both medical clearance by the University’s Occupational Health provider and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.
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Post reference: KU00001541