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My lab just moved to University of East Anglia – if you are interested in doing MSc, PhD or applying for RA or postdoc positions in this lab, please contact me directly (


Up to two three-year postdoc positions and a technician position are available in my lab right now.


£32,548 to £38,833 per annum

Why do we age: linking evolutionary causes with proximate mechanisms

We are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral Senior Research Associate for ERC-funded project on the evolution of ageing in the Maklakov lab in the School of Biological Sciences at University of East Anglia.

Understanding ageing is one of the big unsolved problems in biology. Recent progress in the study of ageing has challenged the current paradigm that ageing results from energy trade-offs between survival and reproduction. In this project, we will work at the interface of evolutionary biology and bio-gerontology towards the goal of explaining the mismatch between this paradigm and the empirical findings. We will focus on i) uncovering potentially missing parts of the classic survival/reproduction trade-off; and ii) testing an emerging new theory of ageing that aims to replace the classic view.

You will help setting up the new lab, conduct experimental work using Caenorhabditis nematodes as the model organism, help supervising and training new lab members and actively participate in the research life of the lab and the School, such as seminars and journal clubs. Funding is available for further training and professional development by attending national and international conferences and workshops.


Research Environment

The successful candidate will become a part of the growing lab that will soon
include two postdocs, a senior laboratory engineer and a research technician.
The lab is part of the Organisms and the Environment theme at the School of
Biological Sciences at UEA. There several world-class labs with similar interests
at the theme, including Prof. Tracey Chapman (ageing, diet, sexual conflict,
Drosophila), Prof. Andrew Bourke (social evolution and ageing in social insects),
Prof. David Richardson (telomere biology, ageing in birds), Dr. Simone Immler
(germline/soma interactions, zebrafish and mathematical modelling).
Furthermore, there are three world-leading research institutes (John Innes
Centre, Earlham Institute and Quadram Institute) that together with UEA
comprise Norwich Research Park, and provide great opportunities for
collaboration. Finally, PI has strong ties with Uppsala University in Sweden and
there are opportunities for doing projects together with an established nematode
lab there. In our lab, we encourage dynamic collaborative atmosphere and
promote joint projects and discussion clubs both within and outside the
immediate research group.


The School
The School of Biological Sciences benefits from close interactions with other
Schools within UEA, including the Schools of Chemistry and Pharmacy and the
Norwich Medical School. UEA is also part of the Norwich Research Park that
includes the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the Institute of Food
Research and the John Innes Centre.


Please apply here: link to UEA HR advert for postdocs.


HR advert for technician will be provided shortly.