Senior Scientific Officer - Prof Vicky Cowling (MatCover)

Gene Expression in cancer – Prof Victoria Cowling

Project title: Investigating RNA cap regulation in cancer

Salary Range: from £25,767 to £43,197 (Depending on qualifications and experience)

Contract term: 12 month fixed term contract (Maternity cover)

About us

The CRUK Beatson Institute is a cancer research institute, situated in Glasgow with approximately 250 researchers split across 30 research groups consisting of PIs, postdoctoral scientists, PhD students and scientific officers. It is one of Europe's leading cancer research centres, supporting cutting-edge work into the molecular mechanisms of cancer development. As well as core support from Cancer Research UK, the Institute also receives an additional third of its total income from external grants and industry collaborations. It has an excellent reputation for fundamental cancer research, including world-class metabolism studies and renowned in vivo modelling of tumour growth and metastasis. Its research ethos is about excellence, honesty, openness, accountability, and integrity.

Project Outline

We currently have a position available to provide maternity cover (from July/August 2023) in the Gene Expression Laboratory. You will primarily be responsible for research projects aimed at understanding RNA cap regulation in T cells, using a variety of in vitro, tissue culture and in vivo approaches, with the precise project dependent on the experience of the scientist. The successful candidate will have a relevant degree and preferentially a PhD. Experience in gene regulation research, biochemistry, molecular biology and/or T cell biology would be advantageous but not essential. Team working and organisational skills are important.

For informal enquiries please email Vicky Cowling (

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Our overarching research ethos at the Institute is about excellence, honesty, openness, accountability and integrity. The diversity of our staff and students is also what makes the Institute such a vibrant place to work and advance discoveries in cancer research. Family friendly policies, our collaborative ethos, a focus on good mental health and well-being and opportunities for all help to create an enjoyable and inclusive workplace where your voice matters.

    The Institute is also committed to increasing the number of female scientists at the postdoc level and beyond and encourages female applicants to apply. We have a highly attractive maternity policy which provides 12-18 months support and funding for postdocs wishing to take time off to spend with their children amongst other family friendly policies.

    Employee Benefits

    • Competitive salary
    • 40.5 days annual leave including bank holidays (pro-rata)
    • Defined Contribution pension scheme
    • Life Insurance scheme
    • Employee Assistance Programme
    • Season ticket loan
    • Additional maternity pay at 6 month’s full pay (subject to service)
    • Shared parental leave
    • Cycle to work scheme that could save you 26-40% on a bike and accessories.
    • Access to Employee benefit schemes with discounts on supermarkets, cinema, travel and much more.
    • On-site secure parking

    Closing Date: 30th April 2023 but we may contact promising candidates on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as you are ready.