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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL17192

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £33,615 - £39,483 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL17192
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 18-Dec-2018
Closing date: 16-Jan-2019

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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 characterising the global gene regulatory dynamics during spiral cleavage in two annelids exhibiting different strategies of cell fate specification. The project will involve the use of state-of-the-art epigenomic approaches, such as ATAC-seq, in combination with stage-specific RNA-seq and ChIP-seq of candidate epigenomic marks. The findings from the project will untangle the epigenomic regulation of early spiral cleavage and provide a general understanding of the developmental control of this highly conserved mode of cleavage.

The ideal candidate for the position will have a PhD in developmental and/or molecular biology, with significant experience in embryological methods (in vitro fertilisation, embryo culture), general molecular biology techniques (nucleic acid extractions, PCR, gene cloning, etc) and bioinformatics (RNA-seq data analyses, fluid use of UNIX and R). A track record of peer-reviewed publications is essential. Previous experimental and computational experience in epigenomic approaches (e.g. ATAC-seq and ChIP-seq) 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 of 2 years. 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 15 January 2019 . Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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