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Postdoc positions available in Gems lab

Several postdoc positions are currently available in the Gems lab, starting Feb 2014. These posts are funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, and are part of larger project involving a consortium of collaborating research labs working on fundamental biological mechanisms of ageing. The collaborating principal investigators are Prof. David Gems (UCL, ageing in C. elegans), Prof. Linda Partridge (consortium director) (UCL, ageing in Drosophila), Prof. Janet Thornton (European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton) and Prof. Dominic Withers (Imperial College, ageing and metabolic disease in the mouse).

Work in the Gems lab will involve investigation of fundamental mechanisms of ageing in the nematode C. elegans, including investigations of the mode of action of pathways and interventions that slow ageing, and critical testing of theories of ageing. Work will include genetic and genomic approaches, and pharmacological manipulation of key molecules. We are looking for researchers of a very high calibre, with a proven track record of research productivity, and the potential to eventually direct their own research groups. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant area, such as genetics or biochemistry, and experience of C. elegans genetics and/or ageing is desirable.

The Institute of Healthy Ageing is a world class centre of excellence for research on the fundamental biology of ageing. You would be working in a highly interactive environment shared by eight research groups working on the biology of ageing. This setting favours individuals who easily interact and collaborate with other researchers to develop new ideas, techniques and research directions, and is ideal for young researchers wanting to develop research independence. Numerous former students and postdocs at the Institute of Healthy Ageing now direct their own research groups working on the biology of ageing (e.g. at Aberdeen, Durham, Glasgow, Harvard and Lancaster Universities, and UCL itself).

If you are interested in these positions, please email a CV (including at least 3 referees) to David Gems,

Date: 15th November 2013

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