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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL19737

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £37,411 - £44,015 (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL19737
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 09-Dec-2019
Closing date: 09-Jan-2020

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A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the group of Dr Viji Draviam to work on how human cells maintain chromosome numbers.

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

This particular research position will focus on the characterisation of the molecular mechanism by which human cells capture chromosomes along the lateral walls of microtubules and how these laterally bound chromosomes are transported to the ends of microtubules. The project will use a combination of high-resolution cell biology and molecular biology techniques.

The ideal candidate for this position will either have, or be working towards a PhD in Cell biology, Biochemistry or related field and have an interest/knowledge in human cell division. Experience in Molecular Biology, CRISPR/CAS9 system, human cell line generation for inducible protein expression, protein purification would be desirable. A track record of peer-reviewed publications is important and essential.

This is a BBSRC funded full-time position, available for a period of 17 months. The start date is 1st October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The starting salary is £38,084 - £44,807per annum and is 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.

Informal enquiries for further information are welcomed and may be made to Dr Viji Draviam via e-mail:

For information about the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and the Draviam Lab please see and

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The closing date for applications is 9 January 2020. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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