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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Bourke Group) - QMUL22888

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 - £36,098 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22888
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 05-Oct-2020
Closing date: 03-Nov-2020

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About the Role

The post will be to assist in a Wellcome Trust and Royal Society-funded programme of research investigating the relationship between innate immune cell function and infectious mortality and morbidity among undernourished children. The post-holder will join a new research team in the Centre for Genomics and Child Health at the Blizard Institute.

The purpose of this post is to establish and implement a new programme of mechanistic laboratory work to explore how cell extrinsic factors associated with pediatric malnutrition influence immune activation and Pathogen Recognition Receptor signaling in vitro. Assays will include a range of laboratory techniques, with a particular focus on functional immunology, quantitative protein assays, and potential to expand studies with immunohistochemistry and molecular biology approaches. The post-holder will analyse these results in the context of data on cell intrinsic defects evident in innate immune cells derived from children hospitalized with severe acute malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.

The role will also involve engaging with diverse research teams and collaborators locally and internationally. Although the post is based in London, much of the research is conducted in collaboration with biomedical research teams in Zimbabwe and Zambia and the Research Lead is based for part of the year in Zimbabwe. This post will therefore entail frequent teleconference communication with and infrequent visits to study sites in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Supervision and co-working with the Research Lead will therefore be partly conducted via telecommunication.

About You

The post-holder should be confident to work independently and capable of taking a lead role in laboratory assays (design, development, implementation and trouble-shooting), data analysis and presentation, under the guidance of the Research Lead. The ability to play a leading role in laboratory assay development, implementation, trouble shooting and management is essential.

About the Institute

The Blizard Institute is the largest institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The Centre for Genomics and Child Health brings together a diverse range of research scientists and clinicians focused on health conditions affecting childhood, a dedicated and award-winning administrative team and close links to local hospitals and global partner organisations.


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.

The post is based at the Whitechapel Campus in London. It is a full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years, with an expected start date of November or December 2020. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,220 - £36,098 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 Claire Bourke at

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The closing date for applications is 03 November 2020.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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