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Postdoctoral Research Associate - QMUL24346

Department: William Harvey Research Institute
Salary: £40,194 - £43,602 per annum (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL24346
Location: Charterhouse Square
Date posted: 08-Apr-2021
Closing date: 30-Apr-2021

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About the Role

Applications are invited for a motivated and committed Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) with rich experience/knowledge. The position is funded by a three-year research project grant from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) within Professor Xiao’s group. The successful candidate will undertake research investigations in collaboration with and under the supervision of the line manager in order to realise the objectives and development of the research projects/programme.

About You

The successful candidate will be expected to have a PhD degree in molecular/cell biology, or a related biological sciences discipline, with good experience in molecular cell biology and vascular biology. Excellent skills and rich experience in animal handling and various animal models of cardiovascular diseases (such as vessel injury-induced neointimal formation, arterial ligation, vascular grafting, cell injection/transplantation, or bone marrow transplantation model, etc.) are essential. Good experiences in stem cell biology including induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell generation and differentiation, somatic cell direct conversion/trans-differentiation into vascular cells, isolation/characterization of different type of adult stem/progenitor cells from various tissues/organs, RNA sequencing, and/or bioinformatics, are also desirable.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

Within the Centre for Clinical Pharmacology various projects of Professor Xiao’s group will aim to investigate the pathogenesis and underlying signal pathways of vascular diseases including atherosclerosis, vascular calcification, injury-induced arterial remodelling, transplant arteriosclerosis, aortic aneurysm and dissection; to elucidate molecular mechanisms of stem cell differentiation and somatic cell direct reprogramming; and to study the therapeutic potential of stem/progenitor cell-derived vascular cells in cardiovascular diseases, etc.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Charterhouse Square Campus in London. It is full time fixed term appointment for three years, with an expected start date of May 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 5 in the range of £40,194 - £43,602 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Qingzhong Xiao at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 6584.

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below. Previous applicants need not apply.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2021. 

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter the closing date. 


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