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Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Marino group) - QMUL23468

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23468
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 11-Nov-2020
Closing date: 11-Dec-2020

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About the Role

A position is available for a postdoctoral research assistant to join the laboratory of Silvia Marino at the Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, on a 5 years Cancer Research UK funded programme award. The successful applicant will join a leading multidisciplinary research group composed of basic scientists and clinical researchers focusing on understanding key mechanisms driving epigenetic dysregulation in brain tumours and how these can be harnessed to develop novel therapeutic strategies.

About You

We seek an ambitious and self-motivated postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics or a related field, to lead a multi-organisation collaborative project focused on leveraging exciting newly developed experimental tools, including patient-derived tumour stem cells and matched iPSC-derived neural stem cells, as well as comparative epigenomic datasets derived thereof to develop new approaches for personalised prediction of drug responses in glioblastoma, a currently untreatable malignant tumour of the brain.

About the Institute

The Blizard Institute was established in 2003 and is the largest of seven Institutes within Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. The Institute comprises approximately 400 staff based in five academic centres and one Public Engagement Centre, and supports a combined total of c750 postgraduate research and taught students. The Institute delivers excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


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. It is a full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years, with an expected start date of January 2021 or as soon as possible after this date. The starting salary will be Grade 4 at the appropriate point for experience, in the range of £34,220 - £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 Silvia Marino at

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The closing date for applications is 11 December 2020.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


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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