Research Associate/Fellow in Pharmacy
University of Nottingham Department of Pharmacy
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed-term)

Closing Date
Friday, 2nd April 2021
Job Type
£27511 to £34804 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,942 with relevant PhD)

We are currently seeking a postdoctoral molecular biologist to join a collaborative BBSRC project entitled “The beginning and end of poly(A) tails” led by Cornelia de Moor (Pharmacy, Nottingham) and Martin Bushell (The Beatson Institute, Glasgow). We have found that the poly(A) tail size of mRNAs is regulated in the nucleus and that there is a large variety in the poly(A) size changes during the lifetime of different mRNAs, indicating the existence of a novel layer in the regulation of gene expression. This project is aimed at understanding this diversity of regulation of poly(A) tail size and will investigate how the different poly(A) dynamics are reflected the regulation of mRNA translation and stability, including in microRNA mediated control. Genome wide datasets for poly(A) tail size and mRNA stability will be obtained and compared to existing datasets on protein and ribosome association by the collaborating bioinformatics team, followed by experimental validation of the findings.  For more information about the project, contact 

Candidates must have a PhD submitted or awarded in molecular biology or a related subject, or have equivalent experience.  We are looking for candidates with a proven ability to produce high quality data, but we recognise that the evidence may not yet be published. 

This full-time post is a BBSRC funded fixed-term contract for a period of 30 months. Start date to be agreed. This post is based in Nottingham.

We pride ourselves on the collegial and supportive culture created by our staff for our staff and students. We are dedicated to providing an environment which enables our staff to thrive and achieve their potential. Our commitment to Equality and Diversity has been recognised in the award of an Athena SWAN Silver Award. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Cornelia de Moor; email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

For all successful international applicants, including EU/EEA applicants from January 2021, we offer an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses to the UK, including visas and the NHS surcharge. For more information follow this link

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