Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term): Biomarkers of materno-fetal health University of Cambridge, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Central Cambridge United Kingdom

Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term): Biomarkers of materno-fetal health

Role of placental endocrine mediators in normal and obese pregnancies.


Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate funded by a Medical Research Council grant to Dr Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri. The main focus of the Sferruzzi-Perri lab lies in understanding the aetiology of pregnancy complications and the regulation of developmental processes in a wider context ( The lab combines unique gene targeting strategies and established environmental models with cutting edge molecular, cellular and physiological approaches in the mouse. The candidate will work in a collaborative multidisciplinary team that is investigating specifically the role of placental endocrine function in promoting changes in maternal metabolism and insulin resistance in obese pregnancies and its importance for the health of the offspring in later life.


The successful candidate should have completed (or about to complete) their PhD in a relevant field, have a background in placental physiology and/or metabolic regulation and have a competitive history of research achievements. They will have experience of performing in vivo experiments with rodents, and handling large datasets. Experience in conducting mitochondrial respirometry, fluorescence activated cell sorting, cell culture, gene targeting methods and/or RNA-seq (and/or other high-throughput technologies) is desirable. Animal husbandry experience and Home Office Training would be a distinct advantage. The post is for 3 years.


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2021 in the first instance.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Applications should include a personal statement highlighting suitability to the post, detailed CV and the names and addresses of two academic referees.


Deadline for applications is 11 December 2018.


Please quote reference PM17359 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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