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Postgraduate Research Assistant (Prendergast Group) - QMUL24912

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £31,613 - £33,324 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL24912
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 02-Jun-2021
Closing date: 02-Jul-2021

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About the Role

A Postgraduate Research Assistant is sought to join a dynamic global child health group researching HIV and infectious diseases; malnutrition; and child growth and development. The post-holder will work on basic science studies in the state-of-the-art laboratories at the Blizard Institute, utilising biological specimens from research studies in sub-Saharan Africa to investigate the microbiome and immune function in early life.

About You

Applicants will have a relevant undergraduate degree, a strong background in laboratory science, and hands-on experience in molecular biology and/or immunology. The specific project(s) can be tailored to the interests and experience of the successful candidate, but there should be flexibility and willingness to learn new techniques.

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. 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 5 years, with an expected start date of August 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £31,613 - £33,324 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 Prendergast at

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

The closing date for applications is 02 July 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

The School of Medicine holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award.  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. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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