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Research Assistant

Biochemical Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £30,497 per annum
Fixed Term- 28/10/2022
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Monday 14 February 2022
Reference:  002422

The University of Surrey is a world-leading centre for Chronobiology (biological rhythms) research. We are now recruiting a highly skilled and motivated laboratory scientist to a Research Assistant post in Chronobiology. The successful candidate will join an ongoing research team working to better understand the interaction between human health and meal timing. Key tasks will be to perform a range of biological assays including radioimmunoassay (RIA), ELISA and use of clinical biochemistry equipment. These will be undertaken after appropriate training and supervision.

The new Research Assistant will join the Section of Chronobiology, in the School of Biosciences and Medicine. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the School was ranked eighth out of 94 institutions in the Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy category.  Chronobiology, the understanding of biological rhythms, is a discipline which links physiology (e.g. metabolic pathways, immune cell trafficking, cardiac rhythms), behaviour and health (e.g. rest/activity, dietary patterns, metabolic disease). Our research is underpinned by excellent modern clinical and basic research facilities. This post is designed to enable the successful candidate to make a key contribution to a large (£1M) research project, learn new skills, and strengthen their CV via contribution to major research publications.

The successful applicant will have excellent laboratory skills, strong organisational skills, and a desire to develop their personal expertise of laboratory and theoretical biology.  Once at Surrey, you will be part of a collaborative team working to provide high quality research outputs in leading scientific journals and elsewhere. You will work closely with academic, research and technical staff. You will also participate in regular research meetings of the Section of Chronobiology and elsewhere. This will let you obtain necessary training, discuss your work, and develop a range of inter-personal skills in friendly and supportive environment.

In return, we offer an energetic and forward-thinking working environment with access to a variety of staff development opportunities. You will receive a competitive salary and a generous annual leave entitlement and discounted membership to the Surrey Sports Park. The University is easily accessible by road and rail from London and the Southeast of England.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Jonathan Johnston, Principal Investigator of the research project, by email (  For details on the benefits of working with us, and to apply on-line please visit our website. 

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance, flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.






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