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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL16194

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £33,615 - £39,483 (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL16194
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 01-Oct-2018
Closing date: 31-Oct-2018

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An ERC-funded Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Dr José M (Chema) Martín-Durán’s group, to work on the epigenetic regulation of conditional and autonomous development in spiral cleaving animals (e.g. annelid worms, molluscs, and nemerteans).

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 identifying the maternal factors that control early spiral cleavage and account for the differences in cell fate specification modes observed among spiralian lineages. The project will involve the use of multiple animal species, and combine proteomics and single-cell transcriptomics with classic embryological approaches. The findings from the project will untangle the molecular regulation of early spiral cleavage and provide a general understanding of the evolution of novel strategies of early development.

The ideal candidate for the position will have a PhD in developmental and/or evolutionary biology, with significant experience in embryological methods (in vitro fertilisation, embryo culture, in situ hybridisation, imaging), general molecular biology techniques (PCR, gene cloning, etc) and bioinformatics (RNA-seq data analyses, fluid use of command line tools and R). A track record of peer-reviewed publications is essential. Experience in single-cell RNA-seq experimental and computational methods and/or proteomics is highly desirable.

The post is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and is a full-time position. The post is available for a period 2 years, with possibility a 1 year extension thereafter.  The start date is 1st February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary is dependent on qualifications, skills and experience and is in the range of £33,615 - £39,483 per annum, inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a 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 encouraged, and may be made to Dr Martín-Durán via e-mail at

For information about the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the Martín-Durán lab, please visit and

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


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