Joining the lab

All of our postdoctoral opportunities are advertised on the University of Bristol website and

We will have an opportunity for someone in the first few months/years after graduating with their PhD to join the lab in September. We have been awarded a BBSRC grant to study the role of the Mia gene family in protein secretion from the ER. Specifically, this relates to our recent work on Mia3 and its protein products TANGO1S and TANGO1L. You can read that work online here:

This work is a collaboration with Brian Link’s lab in Wisconsin to seek to develop our understanding from in vitro cell biology using zebrafish models. Brian’s lab recently published that work here:

The post will be formally advertised later in the year but please do contact David directly if you wish to enquire about this position.

We strive to create an inclusive environment and look to support our staff throughout their time with us. We have a broad view of what “success” looks like and consider all suitably qualified applicants. The University of Bristol has an excellent career development framework for research staff called “Bristol Clear” and research staff are very strongly encouraged to engage with that scheme. We also support attendance at research conferences, training workshops, and many other career development opportunities.


Potential postdocs might wish to consider fellowship routes such as EMBO, HFSP, Newton, or Marie Curie schemes. We welcome enquiries for suitable candidates who should write including a cv and details of specific project interests which match on to our current work. We will consider supporting the most able candidates for these but please ensure you are eligible.

Graduate students

The Wellcome Trust Programme in Dynamic Molecular Cell Biology is typically advertised in autumn/winter and provides a route to join the lab through application to the programme overall.

All of our studentships are advertised through

Otherwise we welcome applications from students who have scholarships or fellowships to fund their own studies.

Undergraduate students
In general, we are unable to accept interns or summer students for more than one week unless their stay in the lab is funded. This is to ensure fair access for all regardless of ability to work without getting any income. For undergraduate students this could be through relevant Wellcome Trust, Nuffield, Biochemical Society, or British Society for Cell Biology schemes. We will not be hosting summer students in 2021.

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