Research Assistant Uk Sponsorship Available

February 6, 2024
£31.4 - £36.0 / year

Job Description




  • UE06 £31,396 – £36,024 annually (A revised wage range for this grade of £32,982 to £38,205 is scheduled to take effect in Spring 2024).
  • MRC Human Genetics Unit/Institute of Genetics and Cancer.
  • Full-time, 35 hours each week.
  • Fixed-term contract: two years
  • Research Assistant in the Kudla Lab at the University of Edinburgh


We have a Research Assistant post available in Grzegorz Kudla’s group at the MRC Human Genetics Unit (MRC HGU), University of Edinburgh, to investigate the genetics of Parkinson’s disease.

The position holder will conduct deep mutational scanning of genes related with Parkinson’s disease. Deep mutational scanning is an experimental strategy that involves creating a library of altered genes, transfecting the library into an appropriate human cell line, then analysing the impact of mutations using high-throughput barcode sequencing.

To investigate how mutations affect molecular function and disease symptoms, you will employ lab-available approaches (gene synthesis, saturation mutagenesis, high-throughput phenotypic screens, functional genomics) or design your own methods. You will work closely with experimental and computational biologists at the MRC HGU (University of Edinburgh) and MRC PPU (University of Dundee) to produce data and train predictive models of Parkinson’s disease.

The position can be Senior Research Assistant (UoE grade 6) depending on the candidate’s degree of experience, and it is sponsored by the Michael J Fox Foundation for a two-year period. The commencement date is April 1, 2024, or as soon as feasible thereafter.


Essential qualifications:

  • A university education in molecular, cell, or computational biology.
  • A keen interest in working at the intersection of experimental and computational research.
  • Enthusiasm and the capacity to work collaboratively.


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience with synthetic biology, molecular and cell biology, or functional genomics, including conference presentations and publication in international journals.
  • Interest in the mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases.


More details:

A recent study by our lab on a similar problem can be found at


Informal inquiries:

Professor Grzegorz Kudla (

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As a respected part of our team, you should expect:

  • A competitive pay.
  • A stimulating, cheerful, creative, demanding, and gratifying environment to work.
  • To be a member of a diverse and thriving worldwide community.
  • Comprehensive employee perks include a significant vacation allowance, a defined benefit pension scheme, employee discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work arrangements. Visit our staff benefits page (opens in a new tab) for a comprehensive list, and use our incentive calculator to estimate your total income and perks.


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The University can fund the employment of international workers in this position. If successful, an overseas candidate seeking sponsorship to work in the UK must meet the UK Home Office’s English Language criteria and apply for and obtain a Skilled Worker Visa.

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