Graduate Research Assistant

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 01 Nov 2021

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences

This full-time Wellcome-Trust-funded post is available from 3 January 2022 on a fixed term basis until 31 December 2023.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant to support the work of Professor Gaspar Jekely.  The successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Marine Invertebrate Culture Unit (MICU) including animal husbandry, administrative and routine laboratory duties. As the main point of contact for the facility, this role requires the post holder to field all internal and external enquiries, maintain user and animal databases, and ensure compliance with all health and safety procedures including for genetically modified organisms.

The post will include:

  • Animal Care
  • Laboratory Work
  • Administration
  • Health and Safety
  • Team Working
  • Communication
  • Equipment Maintenance

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will be educated to first degree level or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study or equivalent experience and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to manage a complex facility, have a good understanding of animal life cycles, marine animals, Mendelian genetics, the basic principles of molecular biology (DNA, genes, PCR etc), algal cultures, be proactive in solving technical problems, interact with users, and be knowledgeable and follow local regulations.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career · A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of Devon

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The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City . In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 

Further information

For further information please contact Gaspar Jekely, e-mail g.jekely@ex.ac.uk.


The closing date for completed applications is 1 November 2021. Interviews are expected to take place on 16 November 2021. 


This role may be subject to additional background screening. 


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