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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL25397

Department: Barts Cancer Institute
Salary: £34,220 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25397
Location: Charterhouse Square
Date posted: 19-Jul-2021
Closing date: 02-Aug-2021

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Applications are sought for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join a team led by Dr Susana Godinho to study the role of centrosome amplification in cancer. The successful applicant will investigate the role of centrosome alterations in cell physiology and secretion. The research will be based in the Centre for Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology at Barts Cancer Institute, within the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London.

Essential requirements for this post include a PhD in a relevant biological subject and significant research experience in relevant fields. Research laboratory experience in molecular biology, tissue culture and microscopy are essential. Experience in the field cell biology, cell mechanics and appropriate publication record are essential. A demonstrated ability to communicate well, work within a team and maintain good laboratory records are also essential.

The goal of our research is to uncover the mechanisms by which cells cope with cancer-associated morphological alterations and in turn how these contribute to tumourigenesis. Our laboratory uses a combination approaches, including cell, 3-D cultures and mouse models, cutting-edge quantitative proteomics and imaging to understand how centrosome and microtubule alterations impact cell physiology and cancer progression. The candidate will join a vibrant multidisciplinary environment with a strong critical mass in cancer cell biology and will be supported to develop their scientific career and have an impact in the centrosome/microtubule and cancer fields.

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 Barts Cancer Institute Campus in London. It is full time fixed term appointment for 5 years, with an expected start date of 1st of October 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4RES, scale point 27, range £34,220 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 Dr Susana Godinho at

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

The closing date for applications is 02 August 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.



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