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Research Associate for Histology - QMUL16725

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £33,615 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL16725
Date posted: 01-Nov-2018
Closing date: 15-Nov-2018

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Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry.

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with approximately 70 academic staff and 45 postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. Circa 40 administrative and technical staff support the staff and students. The staff and student body are international in make-up. The School is partway through a refurbishment project that is upgrading research and teaching space. The School holds a departmental-level Bronze Athena SWAN award and is committed to equality of opportunity.

About the role

A research associate position is available within the group of Professor Rob Krams in the Division of Bioengineering. This post is part of a research programme funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The BHF programme is a special programme (1 PDRAs and 1 RA) which applies a combination of imaging, 3D reconstruction, immunohistochemistry and genomics to identify new molecular networks in endothelial cells covering the vulnerable plaques.

Experience in working with mice and pigs, conventional and immunohistochemistry is important for this position. The appointee will assist mice and pig experiments consisting of instrumentation, and imaging of mouse vessels with high resolution imaging equipment present in North Wick Park and within the William Harvey Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Queen Mary. In collaboration with an engineering-oriented PDRA, computational fluid dynamics is applied to identify focal shear stress patterns and local strain patterns on the endothelial cells covering atherosclerotic plaques. On the basis of these calculations, vessels will be isolated snap frozen and prepared for histology.

You will also be expected to contribute to the support of research students. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to acquire unique experience and skills in an academic multidisciplinary setting.

For further details of the role and selection criteria please refer to the job specification attached.

The post is a full time (35 hours per week), permanent appointment, with an expected start date of December 1st. Starting salary will be in the range of £34,523-£36,420 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

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 should be addressed to Professor Rob Krams (

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The closing date for applications is 15 November 2018. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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