Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

Closing Date
Thursday, 8th March 2018
Job Type
Animal Sciences
£26495 to £38833 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for the above post to work on a large three-year BBSRC-LINK funded project concerning the development of improved systems for in vitro maturation of bovine and porcine oocytes. The project will focus on the link between sub-optimal mitochondrial metabolism and chromosomal errors that occur during meiosis, as low mitochondrial number, unfavourable cytoplasmic distribution and inadequate ATP production are all characteristic features of oocytes that give rise to high rates of aneuploidy. Study outcomes are directly translatable to maturation of human oocytes and human assisted reproduction. The successful applicant will be part of a large collaborative team of scientists (based at the Universities of Nottingham (Prof Sinclair) and Kent (Prof Griffin)), and partners from industry (based in the UK, The Netherlands and Canada) who are ranked among the largest livestock breeding companies in the world. Our ultimate goal in this project is to develop enhanced systems for in vitro production of sexed, genomically and cytogenetically evaluated (PGD) bovine and porcine embryos that, following embryo transfer, result in the birth of viable offspring.

Applicants should have a PhD (or be close to completion) in an area related to mammalian embryology. Experience in micromanipulation skills such as embryo biopsy, molecular biology, cytogenetics, metabolic assays and immunocytochemistry are desirable. 

The applicant will be based at the University of Nottingham, but willingness to travel within the UK to work with collaborators, and to spend short study periods with our industry partner in Canada, is desirable.

The post is available from 02 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter and will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 01 April 2021. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Kevin Sinclair, tel: 0115 951 6053 or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.