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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Genetics - QMUL21480

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 - £36,098 per annum inclusive of London (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL21480
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 07-Feb-2020
Closing date: 10-Mar-2020

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Following a successful large research grant awarded by Barts Charity to investigate genetics of obesity and related phenotypes in in British south Asians, applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Genetics in the Blizard Institute (, Queen Mary University of London. The Blizard Institute is the largest institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and aims to deliver excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service, providing a stimulating scientific environment and state of the art infrastructure and facilities. In the 2014 REF, QMUL was ranked 4th nationally for quality of outputs in Clinical Medicine.


We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher interested in taking on an exciting role, working with a multidisciplinary team of investigators researching genetics of obesity and related metabolic phenotypes in people of Bangladeshi and Pakistani heritage, recruited to a community genomics study called Genes & Health ( The post holder will apply modern genetics methodologies using large genetic (exome, whole genome, and genotyping arrays) and functional genomics (transcriptomic) datasets, to derive genetic and mechanistic insights into obesity.


The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary group, aiming to translate human genetics and basic scientific discoveries into advanced patients’ treatments. In addition to leading the genetics programme into obesity and related metabolic phenotypes, the successful candidate will be expected to provide technical support to a research team, train new/junior lab members, as well as partake in writing grants, research papers and liaising with our collaborators nationwide, including clinical partners. You will be an ambitious individual who brings skills from a PhD (or equivalent experience) in human genetics, epidemiology, data science and/or statistics, experience of working with large datasets and undertaking analyses at scale. You will have an interest in using human genetic and genomic data to generate new insights into disease. You will also have excellent communication and organisational skills, work well independently, and as part of interdisciplinary team.


The post is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years, starting in March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.  Starting salary will be in the range £34,220 - £36,098 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 Dr Elena Bochukova, at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below. The closing date for applications is 10th March 2020.  Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


The School of Medicine and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

The School of Medicine holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award.  We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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