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Postdoctoral Research Assistant (EDx Project) - QMUL18786

Department: Wolfson Institute for Population Health
Salary: £34,220 - £44,807 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL18786
Location: Charterhouse Square
Date posted: 26-Sep-2019
Closing date: 26-Oct-2019

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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine

Centre for Cancer Prevention

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Epigenetics and Cancer

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Cancer Research UK funded Centre for Cancer Prevention (CCP). The Centre is based within a group that is at the forefront of international research into the prevention and control of cancer. We have particularly active research programmes in breast, endometrial, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer prevention, cancer screening and statistical methods for clinical trials and epidemiology.

The Methylation Epidemiology Laboratory (MEL) has developed a methylation classifier that is well suited for triage of women who might be at risk of developing cervical cancer using cervical exfoliated cells.  We have now received funding from CRUK to validate and develop this classifier further with worldwide samples from the UK, USA, Germany, Mexico, Ethiopia and Sweden.

We are now seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with experience of molecular biology, biomarkers identification and epigenetics of cancer to work on this exciting new project.  Applicants must be educated to PhD level and have expertise in cancer and epigenetics with strong experience in basic molecular biology techniques. The post-holder experience in developing biomarkers assays. The successful applicant will work independently under minimal supervision.

The appointee must have excellent organisational, written and communication skills. They must have the ability to apply extensive working knowledge to address complex problems and challenges and have a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of governance and legislation for the conduct of research (including GDPR).

The post is full time and fixed term for 24 months and we are particularly seeking applicants who will forge a pathway to personal independence. Starting salary will be in the range £34,220 - £44,807 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and 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. The Centre for Cancer Prevention requires applicants to provide all certificates at interview to confirm their qualifications (as specified in the Job Description).

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Belinda Nedjai, Senior Research Fellow:

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The closing date for applications is 26 October 2019

Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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