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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL13107

Department: Centre for Haemato-Oncology
Salary: Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and in the range £32,956- £36,677 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL13107
Date posted: 12-Dec-2017
Closing date: 14-Jan-2018

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Barts Cancer Institute

Centre for Haemato-Oncology


Applications are sought for an ambitious and talented Postdoctoral Researcher to join the newly established translational lymphoma laboratory of Dr Jessica Okosun. Work in our group currently focusses on follicular lymphoma, an incurable haematological cancer. Our main interests are in: (i) deciphering the molecular events that govern tumour initiation and progression; (ii) understanding the impact of intra-tumour heterogeneity and clonal evolution and ultimately (iii) identifying and developing predictive and prognostic biomarker tools. We utilise primary lymphoma samples, high-throughput genomic technologies and molecular biology techniques in our studies. The successful applicant will lead in developing and implementing single-cell methodologies to interrogate tumoral heterogeneity and clonal evolution whilst contributing to a number of key projects within our areas of interest, carrying out impactful research within a creative and dynamic environment. As a translational research laboratory, we have close multidisciplinary collaborations with bioinformaticians, clinicians, haemato-pathologists and the wider UK Lymphoma Clinical Trials network.

The research will be based in the Centre for Haemato-Oncology, 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 biological-related subject particularly a background in cancer biology and strong technical expertise in at least one of the following areas: genomics, molecular and cellular biology. Experience with CRISPR–Cas9 genome editing, flow cytometry, genomic technologies or single-cell approaches and a good publication record would be an advantage. A demonstrated ability to communicate well, work within a team and maintain good laboratory records are also essential.

The post is full time and funded for 3 years in the first instance (with the possibility of up to 2 years’ extension), starting from February 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and in the range Research Grade 4, spinal point 27-30 (£32,956-35,706) per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, a defined benefit pension scheme and an interest free season ticket loan.

The Barts Cancer Institute requires that applicants invited for interview will need to provide all certificates to confirm their qualifications (specified in the Job Description).

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 ot remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries to discuss this post are highly encouraged, including arrangements to visit the Institute/Centre, and can be made to Dr Jessica Okosun tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8814 or email

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To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search for reference QMUL13107.

The closing date is 14 January 2018 and interviews are likely to be held shortly thereafter.

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