Senior scientist position in non-coding RNA in cardiovascular disease is available


Senior Scientist
Vacancy Ref: : 037881 Closing Date : 22-Nov-2016
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A grade 8 or 9 senior scientist position in non-coding RNA in cardiovascular disease is available to join the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, aligned with the British Heart Foundation Chair held by Professor Andrew H Baker. The post is available until 31 July 2021 and is suited to someone wishing to develop an independent research career in the above field or research and will develop a research group and generate high impact publications. The post holder will be expected to be involved in enhancing eLearning and on-line teaching initiatives.

The successful candidate may be enrolled in the Edinburgh Scientific Academic Training programme (ESAT

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We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group. As women and members of ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in posts at this level we particularly encourage applications from members of these groups.

Further Particulars

Senior Scientist UE09

Job Purpose

This key academic post will play a major role in in the development of RNA biology and therapy in CVS aligned to the British Heart Foundation Chair held by Professor Baker, creating critical mass in RNA research within CVS and developing an independent programme of research. The post holder will also in engage more broadly in research activities in Centre for Cardiovascular Research, Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) and Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM). The post holder will be expected to be involved in enhancing eLearning and on-line teaching initiatives.

Main Responsibilities

Initiate and lead an internationally competitive program of research focused on basic RNA biology with ultimate application to the basic understanding of cardiovascular-related disease mechanisms and/or improved treatment.

Work closely with the research group of Professor Baker to provide expertise, insight and collaboration relating to non-coding RNA in vascular pathophysiology. Participate in the academic activities of CVS, including seminars and research-in-progress meetings and as a Ph.D. and MSc student supervisor/co-supervisor.

Disseminate and publish research findings in appropriate research publications and at national and international conferences. Where appropriate undertake knowledge transfer activities related to the research specialism.

Contribution to the development of an established research portfolio for the subject area, including effective engagement with the wider academic and professional research community.

Contribution to the development of a range of new methods and techniques appropriate to the type and level of research being pursued. Add to the intellectual capital and understanding of the field through new discoveries and insights.

Contribution to management of Centre/School

Provision of expert advice and guidance to colleagues and students, including supervision and teaching of PhD projects/MSc students and associated training representation the work of the University in the field both locally and internationally in relevant networks and activities.

Planning & Organising

The post holder will plan funding bids for to develop, organise and lead the research group to ensure new high level internationally competitive research is developed and maintained. The post holder will participate in wider academic discussions on long-term research strategies for CVS.

Problem Solving

• The post holder will supervise their research team and help staff and students to overcome practical and intellectual challenges within their research projects.
• The post holder will ensure that appropriate funding is secured for continued support of the research team, both financially and academically, and manage available resources.

Decision Making

• The post holder will supervise their research team as it is developed and provide mentorship for other academic staff.
• The post holder must determine what funding opportunities to explore and what publications to present in order to demonstrate and maintain successful research activity within the UK and internationally.
• Take on more decision-making responsibility as familiarity with the project increases.

Key Contacts/Relationships

The post holder will work closely with Professor Baker and other PIs in CVS, IGMM and SCRM as well as national and international collaborators, as required to benefit the research programme.

Line Management: The post holder will report to Prof Andrew Baker and to Head of Centre for Career and Independent career development.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

The post holder will have a personal research programme of international excellence as exemplified by a track record of high quality publications, relevant to RNA biology and application of RNA in disease.

In particular the post holder will:


• PhD or equivalent in biological sciences.
• Specialization or a research interest inRNA biology.
• Experience in the basic RNA biology and application of RNA in disease settings.
• Must have evidence of obtained own independent funding and have potential to gain further substantive funding. Must have record of first/senior author publications appropriate to stage of career development and appropriate to the field
• Have PhD in RNA and a track record of achievement at post-doctoral and fellowship level.
• Be a well-regarded scientist of international standing in the field of RNA research.
• Have held as PI independent research grants
• Be able to provide strategic academic leadership and vision
• Have demonstrated skills in people management
• Have experience of post graduate teaching and/or supervision
• Experience in scientific management of a research team and allocating tasks
• Experience of working with scientists from a range of different backgrounds (including clinicians)
• Having completed/completing supervision of PhD students as PI
• Excellent organisational skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills to deal with the many people involved with the project
• Experience of writing scientific papers and reports of high international quality
• Ability to work flexibly in a large multi-disciplinary team but work independently to create and nurture his/her independent research agenda
• Personal motivation and enthusiasm for the project
• The post holder must have the ability to engage with a range of teaching mediums including online and distance learning and teaching

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