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Postdoctoral Research Assistant x 2 - QMUL22243

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 - £38,084 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22243
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 22-May-2020
Closing date: 21-Jun-2020

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Blizard Institute

Centre for Immunobiology

2 x Postdoctoral Research Assistants

Barts and The London School of Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust and the Centre for Immunobiology at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) all have an international reputation for basic and translational research as well as clinical excellence.

We are looking to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Assistants in antiviral innate immunity research one funded by a UK Research and Innovation Fellowship and one by Barts Charity. These posts are to work in the lab of Dr Pierre Maillard in the Centre for Immunobiology in the Blizard Institute at Barts and The London Medical School. The successful candidates should have excellent communication skills, together with the ability to organize and motivate others. They should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and innovation when faced with challenges and will utilize cross-disciplinary approaches in conducting their research.

The overarching aim of the Maillard lab is to understand the mechanisms by which cells defend themselves against viruses and how these innate defence systems are regulated. One postdoctoral position will aim to characterize an RNA-based antiviral mechanism, called antiviral RNA interference, that has recently been shown to be active in mammals. The second postdoctoral position will involve the identification of novel mechanisms that control the interferon-dependent antiviral defence system.

Dr. Maillard's group uses a wide range of molecular biology and virology techniques, flow cytometry, deep sequencing and tissue culture of cell lines and embryonic stem cells.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to learn new techniques and employ their previous experience, which should cover a broad range of molecular biology and tissue culture techniques. Expertise in virology, lentiviral/retroviral vector production, stem cells, ex vivo culture and in vivo experiments is particularly desirable. The successful candidate may be required to assist in other areas of research.

These posts are full-time for 3 years and available with an immediate start. Salary will be on the Queen Mary salary scale and dependent upon experience (£34,220-£38,084) including 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.

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Details about the Maillard lab and the Blizard Institute can be found at:

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To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search by post reference number: QMUL22243

The closing date for applications is 21st June 2020. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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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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