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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL22717

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £36,098 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22717
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 20-Aug-2020
Closing date: 18-Sep-2020

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About the Role

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research assistant within Barts Liver Centre, part of the Centre for Immunobiology at Barts and the London School of Medicine.  Based in the Blizard Institute, the successful candidate will work alongside Dr William Alazawi in his MRC-funded laboratory and have the opportunity to develop strategies to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) using cutting edge immunological and molecular biology techniques. 

About You

We are looking for a highly-motivated and driven postdoctoral researcher who can develop their own research ideas and has the ambition and potential to win independent fellowship funding at the end of the project.  Expertise in inflammation, immunology and/ or molecular biology would be ideal, but we are particularly looking for drive and potential. We have a collaborative ethos and we have active links with groups across London, the UK and Europe, therefore excellent interpersonal and communication skills are also essential.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

The Blizard Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine (part of Queen Mary University of London, QMUL) has an international reputation for excellence in fundamental, translational, and clinical research.

Dr Alazawi’s group work in inflammatory signalling pathways and in translational science has led to a significant shift in understanding of the inflammatory response.  Recent experiments in patient-derived liver tissue highlight the role of these inflammatory pathways in human disease.  The current project focuses on TLR proteins (in particular TLR5).  The group studies the interaction between these inflammatory pathways, metabolic dysfunction, gut-derived microbial metabolites and liver injury.  We have an extensive tissue archive from carefully phenotyped patients and a strong computational biology collaboration with Professor Conrad Bessant.  Ethical approval has been obtained to recruit individuals from the Genes and Health programme who have been identified as so-called ‘human knockouts’.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Whitechapel Campus in London. This is a full-time post for 2 years with a possibility to extend beyond this (dependent on funding).  Salary is at the appropriate point for experience on the research scale: £36,098-£40,194 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr William Alazawi at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 2308.

Further details about the Alazawi lab and The Blizard Institute can be found here;

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 18th September 2020.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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