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Research Assistant - QMUL25239

Department: Centre for Cutaneous and Cell Biology, Blizard Institute
Salary: £27,742 - £34,220 per annum (Grade 3)
Reference: QMUL25239
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 28-Jun-2021
Closing date: 26-Jul-2021

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About the Role

Squamous cancers are the most frequent human solid tumours and a major cause of mortality. This includes tumours that form in the lining of the oral cavity, the skin and oesophagus. Recent research has shown that these tumours have common determinants, and this has raised exciting opportunities for new strategies for cancer prevention, detection and treatment. Working with colleagues within the newly formed Barts Centre for Squamous Cancer, you will develop and manage a tissue bank of human squamous cancer specimens to support research being conducted within the new centre. This will include liaising with clinical colleagues to organize the collection and storage of specimens, the management of associated clinical data, and laboratory work to process and characterize specimens.

About You

You will have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent experience). Experience with cell culture or working with human tissue is highly desirable. You will be managing a valuable shared resource, and therefore effective teamworking and organizational skills are important. The full list of essential and desirable requirements can be found in the Job Profile document.


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 full time and fixed-term for 3 years, with an expected start date of 1 September 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 3 (Technical) - £27,742 - £34,220.

This tissue bank technician post will be based within the Barts Centre for Squamous Cancer under the supervision of Dr Adrian Biddle and Professor Catherine Harwood. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact us prior to the deadline. We believe we are poised to make significant contributions to this exciting and emerging field, and are therefore seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate to join our team.

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 Dr Adrian Biddle (


The closing date for applications is Monday 26 July 2021. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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