Research Fellow in Muscle Biology

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7089878 (Ref.No. FBSBM1162)
Posted: December 1, 2021

Job Description

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in muscle biology? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

You will be embedded within a vibrant and research team, working alongside baisc scientists to better understand the molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle (diaphragm) dysfunction in chronic heart failure, as funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). This project will focus on animal models, with possibilities to translate experiments to human, in order to investigate basic mechanisms of diaphragm dysfunction in heart failure. The successful candidate will be integrated into an internationally leading team of researchers in the areas of muscle biology (Dr Scott Bowen and Professor Derek Steele) and cardiology (Dr Sarah Calaghan and Dr Al Benson), linking both in vitro and in vivo molecular and functional muscle measurements as well as in situ computational modelling. 

To apply for this role you must have a PhD (or be close to completion) in biomedical science or a closely allied discipline. You should also have a background in skeletal muscle biology, alongside strong molecular/cell biology techniques (e.g., western blotting, qPCR, cell culture, confocal microscopy). Skills in single-fibre/muscle mechanics as well as experience working with disease models/handling animals is advantageous. Evidence of leading projects independently to a successful completion alongside experience managing junior colleagues is desirable.  

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was awarded a Silver award in 2020.  We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information.


To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Scott Bowen, Associate Professor in Physiology

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3834 | Email: [email protected]


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Biomedical Sciences
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Due to funding limitations it is unlikely an appointment will be made above £34,304.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (available on a fixed-term basis for 3 years due to external funding.)
Release Date:  Tuesday 30 November 2021
Closing Date:  Tuesday 28 December 2021
Reference:  FBSBM1162


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