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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL22424

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220-£38,084 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22424
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 22-Jun-2020
Closing date: 22-Jul-2020

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Blizard Institute

Centre for Immunobiology

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

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 a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in investigating how immunity in older people with asthma changes and how this effects treatment responses - this post is funded by Barts Charity. The position will be based in the lab of Dr Emma Chambers in the Centre for Immunobiology, Blizard Institute at Barts and The London Medical School. The successful candidate 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 utilise cross-disciplinary approaches in conducting their research.

Ageing is a global burden and older people are living longer with chronic diseases such as asthma. However, most clinical and research studies on phenotype and control of asthmatic disease to-date have focussed on younger patients, often actively excluding older participants. The aim of the lab is to understand how immunity changes with age and how ageing effects asthma phenotype, severity and treatment responses.

Dr Chambers’ group uses a wide range of immunological and molecular biology techniques including but not limited to; 12-20 colour flow cytometry, isolation of PBMCS, bead based isolation of leukocyte populations, long- and short-term cell culture of primary human cells, cytometric bead array, ELISA, western blots, metabolic analysis of immune cells, confocal microscopy and RNAseq. 

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to learn new techniques and employ their previous experience, which should cover a broad range of immunological and tissue culture techniques. Expertise in immunology, at least 8-12 colour flow cytometry, isolating PBMCs, in vitro cell culture, cytokine assessment by cytometric bead array and/or ELISA is particularly desirable. The successful candidate may be required to assist in other areas of research.

This post is full-time for 2.5 years and available with an immediate start. Salary will be on the Queen Mary salary scale depending on 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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