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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL25275

Department: William Harvey Research Institute
Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25275
Location: Charterhouse Square
Date posted: 14-Jul-2021
Closing date: 14-Aug-2021

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About the role

We seek a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in cellular and molecular biology to contribute to the delivery of high-quality research under the supervision of the Head of Centre, Professor Costantino Pitzalis.

About you

The main duty of the post is to carry out cellular and molecular biology techniques and immunological assays aimed at investigating the efficacy of human peptidyl arginine deiminase 4 (PAD4) blocking monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). The post-holder will establish a dose / response relationship between the tested mAbs and PAD4 activity under different experimental conditions. In addition, the post-holder will assess the PAD4-blocking activity of the mAbs on different samples obtained from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients including synovial fluids, plasma, and cell culture supernatants and lysates. The post-holder will also assess the effect of the PAD4-blocking mAbs on histone citrullination in cell lysates obtained from leukocyte / stromal cell co-cultures. The post holder will design, optimize, perform, and analyse data from different cellular, immunological, and molecular biology techniques including ELISA, FACS, western blotting, magnetic cell separation, in vitro cell culture and stimulation; and will study the statistical correlation between PAD4 activity and RA parameters in the investigated patients.

About the Centre

The successful candidate will join a 60 strong research team of scientists and clinicians dedicated to Inflammation and Rheumatology Research at the Centre for Experimental Medicine & Rheumatology (EMR). The Centre is focused on the development of innovative therapeutic and diagnostic approaches to inflammatory arthropathies.

Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan. The post is full time and on a fixed term 12-month contract. Provisional start date is Mid - August 2021, but negotiable depending on the candidate’s current employment status. Salary will be in the range of £34,220 - £40,194 per annum, depending on experience, inclusive of London Allowance.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

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 Prof C Pitzalis at and Dr M Elshikh at

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

The closing date for applications is 14 August 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 23rd Aug, or shortly after.


The School of Medicine and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science

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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