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Research Assistant **Internal Only** - QMUL22965

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22965
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 07-Oct-2020
Closing date: 20-Oct-2020

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About the Role

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to join the lab of Professor Áine McKnight in the Centre for Immunobiology at The Blizard Institute. This position will focus on the pathology, tropism and neutralisation of SARS-CoV-2 virus using a variety of immunological techniques as well as culture of live virus in Category 3 containment laboratories.

About You

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to learn new research methods and also apply their previous experience, which should cover a range of key techniques in virology (expertise in tissue culture, preparation of viral stocks including SARS-C0V-2, flow-cytometry, ELISA methods, immunofluorescence, molecular cloning). The successful candidate will also need to coordinate routinely with clinical colleagues in order to co-ordinate the collection and processing of patient samples.  The person appointed will also be required to assist in other areas of research interest within the wider group, so an keenness to cooperate with others to advance a range of ongoing projects will be highly valued.

About the Institute/Project

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

The McKnight lab studies host-pathogen interactions including HIV, HTLV-1 and SARS-CoV-2.


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 in the Blizard Institute, at the Whitechapel Campus in London. It is a full time (35 hours per week), fixed-term appointment for 6 months with an immediate start date. The salary will be £34,220 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointment 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.

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Further details about The Blizard Institute can be found here;

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

The closing date for applications is 20th October 2020. Interviews wil to be held immediately after deadline.

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.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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