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Graduate Teaching Assistant (Stem Cell Biology)

Salary range: 
£6,079 plus £14,777 PhD stipend, per annum plus waiver of UK/EU PhD tuition fees

Fully Funded PhD Studentship Opportunity

We are delighted to invite applications for an exciting PhD Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) opportunity in our award-nominated Biotechnology Unit laboratory.

The successful applicant will study for a PhD at the forefront of Bioscience research and undertake teaching and laboratory demonstration duties within the life science programmes.

The successful applicant will pursue a PhD investigation in the area of stem cell biology, under the supervision of Dr. Federica Masieri. The aim of the research project is to establish induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) cultures from the synovial fibroblasts collected from osteoarthritis patients, as part of an ongoing project, to evaluate how synovial fibroblasts contribute to establishing joint inflammation and tissue degeneration processes. As part of the project you will derive iPSC and investigate their use in disease research.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic graduate with a BSc (First or Upper Second) or MSc (Distinction or Merit) in Biosciences or a closely related discipline. Applicants must be eligible for Home/EU fees. Previous research experience or relevant experience would be an advantage. These Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions would suit a graduate wishing to develop a research and teaching career in bioscience.

The studentship will be for 3 years, starting in April 2019, covering research degree tuition fees at the home/EU rate, a £14,777 stipend, and a £6,079 part-time Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) salary, per year.

You will spend 80% of your time carrying out research as a PhD student and 20% of your time developing your skills for a career in research and teaching supporting undergraduate teaching mentored by academic staff members.

The successful candidates will be enrolled into the University of East Anglia (UEA) graduate program and have access to the training opportunities available at both at the University of Suffolk and the University of East Anglia.

* Please click this line to download the PhD project specification (Stem Cells Biology)

* Please scroll down to access the GTA Job Description

Closing date:               Friday 25th January 2019 at midday                     

Interview date:           to be confirmed

For further details on this project please contact Dr Federica Masieri by email at

We are actively committed to growing and supporting a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities. We particularly welcome applications from black and ethnic minority candidates and from candidates with a disability who are currently under-represented within our workforce. We consider flexible working requests for all our vacancies.

Closing date: 
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 12:00

How to apply:

  1. Read the Guidance Notes and Privacy Notice
  2. Fill in the Application Cover Sheet
  3. Fill in the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
  4. Attach a curriculum vitae and a covering letter setting out clearly how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the post

EITHER return them as Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) attachments by email to including the post title in the email subject heading
OR by post to:

The Human Resource Team
University of Suffolk
Waterfront Building
Neptune Quay
Ipswich IP4 1QJ

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