Research Fellow in Cell Biology job with UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Developmental Biology

Location:  Highfield Campus

Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 per annum

Full Time Fixed Term for 1 year

Closing Date:  Wednesday 10 November 2021

Interview Date:   To be confirmed

Reference:  1409121BJ-R

You are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position to work in Dr. Salah Elias group at the School of Biological Sciences – the University of Southampton, to study the mechanisms of oriented cell divisions (OCDs) during mammary epithelial morphogenesis. This position is available for 12 months in the first instance, tenable from January 2022. The post offers opportunities for flexible working, which can be agreed upon.

You will have a PhD* in a relevant subject area, with a strong cell biology component. A high level of competence in cell and molecular biology and high-resolution microscopy is required. Having previous experience in bioinformatics will be advantageous. You should be an enthusiastic and highly motivated scientist, a good team worker, and an excellent communicator.

Our group is interested in how regulation of cell division in the developing mammary gland influences mammary epithelial cell fate and dynamics, and the mechanisms of epithelial differentiation and architecture. We focus our efforts on addressing key questions of 1) how spindle orientation and cell polarity are controlled in dividing epithelial cells; 2) how these mechanisms influence epithelial morphogenesis; 3) and how their dysregulation leads to epithelial transformation and invasiveness. Specifically, this project utilizes a combination of molecular and cell biology, microscopic techniques, proteomics, and mass spectrometry to identify novel proteins that participate in OCDs. It offers excellent potential for preparing grant and fellowship proposals and developing new collaborations.

You will assume leadership on the project, including significant intellectual contribution, setting up collaborations, and involvement in making decisions about current and future research directions. You will work in a highly collaborative atmosphere supported by state-of-the-art research facilities that will provide a perfect environment to perform the studies.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr. Salah Elias by email:

Equal Opportunities and Benefits

Biological Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, demonstrating a commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted.

The University of Southampton has a generous maternity policy** and onsite childcare facilities; employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full program of events, and a range of staff discounts.

**subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1409121BJ-R on all correspondence.

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