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Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Silver group) - QMUL25892

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 - £44,807 per annum
Reference: QMUL25892
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 27-Sep-2021
Closing date: 18-Oct-2021

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About the Role

The role involves investigating the molecular mechanisms of fibrosis in Crohn’s disease using human-based cellular systems (cell lines and primary cell cultures). Duties comprise of experimental laboratory work and computational data analysis, including preparing cells for single cell sequencing, analysing output data from human cellular models, and identifying novel targets for therapy intervention based on epigenetic modifications.

About You

We’re seeking a researcher with understanding, technical expertise, and statistical analysis skills in cell and molecular biology, and knowledge and expertise in gene regulation. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field. Experience in genomics techniques (scRNA-seq and ATACC-seq) is essential. Candidates will ideally have experience in bioinformatics or willingness to learn high throughput sequencing data analysis.

About the Institute

The Blizard Institute was established in 2003 and is the largest of seven Institutes within Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. The Institute comprises approximately 400 staff based in five academic centres and one Public Engagement Centre, and supports a combined total of c750 postgraduate research and taught students. The Institute delivers excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service.

About Queen Mary

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

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

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 Whitechapel Campus in London. It is a full time, fixed term appointment for 6 months, available to start as soon as possible. The starting salary will be Grade 4/5, in the range of £34,220 - £44,807 per annum, 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 Andrew Silver at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 18 October 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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