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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL25760

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £34,220 - £36,098 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25760
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 04-Aug-2021
Closing date: 17-Aug-2021

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About the Role

Applications are invited for a full time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work in the group of Professor David Lee. This fixed term position is available for 11 months to investigate methods to monitor circadian clock rhythms in cells cultured in organ on chip systems. The project will involve collaboration with Dr John O’Neill (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge) and Dr Tom Nightingale (William Harvey Research Institute, QMUL).

About You

Applicants should have, or be about to complete, a PhD in cell biology, circadian biology, mechanobiology or equivalent. The candidate should have experience of Cell culture; Microscopy/imaging techniques to monitor cell behaviour; Molecular biology techniques.

About the School

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with 70-80 academics and a similar number of postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. These are supported by an administrative and technical staff team of 45. The staff and student body are international in make-up.

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 Mile End Campus in London. It is a full time, fixed term appointment for 11 months, with an expected start date of 1st Sept 2021. Due to time restrictions on the project, we require candidates who are readily available and can start as soon as possible. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,220 - £36,098 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 David Lee at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 8874.


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

The closing date for applications is 17 August 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


The School of Engineering & Materials Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science and is a registered member of WISE. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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