Research Fellow, Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition (ROW082RXY)

An enthusiastic and skilled research fellow is sought to work within Professor Lora Heisler’s and Dr Sergiy Sylantyev’s research group in the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen.  The overall aim of Professor Heisler’s and Dr Sylantyev’s research programmes is to investigate the basic neurophysiology of appetite, body weight, and insulin action by examining the neurocircuitry of neurotransmitter and neuropeptide systems with the aim of improving metabolic health. 

School/Section: Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Division: Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £34,304 - £38,587
Ref No: ROW082RXY
Closing Date: 01-JUL-2022


Job Description

The Research Fellow position is ideally suited to experienced, highly motivated post-doctoral fellows committed to a career of research, providing consistent and continuous high level intellectual and practical input to a dynamic research group. You will have a PhD in a relevant area with experience in obesity or diabetes research and evidence of results published in peer-reviewed journals.  Particular skills and experience required include stereotaxic surgery, molecular biology, histochemistry and in vivo metabolic phenotyping.

The overall aim of the research is to characterise a brain circuit controlling hunger, food intake, food choice and body weight. The research will focus on performing metabolic phenotypic tests following gene and cell manipulations in homeostatic brain regions and circuits.  The Research Fellow will work to a tight timeline to achieve the milestones, both independently and as member of a team within the project. The post requires an individual with excellent organisational and practical skills, as well as the ability to work within a research team.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale (£34,304 - £38,587 per annum) with placement according to qualifications and experience.

As this post is funded by the BBSRC it will be offered for a period of 33 months.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references.

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Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Grant Rae, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.


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Job Reference Number:  ROW082RXY

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 01 July 2022


The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring.  Applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.

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