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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL14814

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £32,956 - £36,677 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL14814
Date posted: 03-May-2018
Closing date: 31-May-2018

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School of Biological & Chemical Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Ref: QMUL14814

A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Dr James Garnett’s group, to work on novel Legionella effectors involved in biofilm formation and intracellular infection.

Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the QMUL Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

This research position will focus on several type-II secreted substrates/effectors from Legionella pneumophila and dissect the mechanisms by which they are targeted to bacterial and host membranes and their specific functions at these sites. The findings from the project will provide structural insight into the function of the type-II secretion system during both Legionella biofilm formation early stages of host infection.

The ideal candidate for the position will have a PhD in structural biology and/or biochemistry, with significant experience in X-ray crystallography and an interest/knowledge in molecular mechanisms of bacterial infection. A track record of peer-reviewed publications is essential. Experience in other structural biology techniques (e.g. NMR, SAXS, EM) and working with bacterial pathogens highly desirable.

The post is MRC funded and is a full-time position, available for a period of 3 years. The start date is 1st October 2018. The salary is in the range of £32,956 - £36,677 per annum and is inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a defined benefits pension scheme.  

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.

Informal enquiries are welcomed, and may be made to Dr James Garnet via e-mail at

For information about the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the Garnett Lab, please visit

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The closing date for applications is 31 May 2018. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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