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Research Technician - QMUL23784

Department: Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Blizard Institute
Salary: £27,742 - £34,220 per annum (Grade 3)
Reference: QMUL23784
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 08-Jan-2021
Closing date: 07-Feb-2021

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About the Role

We are seeking to appoint a Research Technician to join the lab of Professor Tom MacDonald in the Centre for Immunobiology at The Blizard Institute. This position will focus on helping pharmaceutical companies develop new therapies for inflammatory bowel disease.


About You

Ideally, candidates should have previous experience in working on inflammation at a mucosal surface. 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 immunology (expertise in tissue culture, flow-cytometry, intracellular cytokine staining, ELISA methods, immunofluorescence / histochemistry, and live-cell metabolism assays will be particularly desirable). The successful candidate will also need to coordinate routinely with clinical colleagues in order to obtain essential patient samples, hence good communication skills and the ability to organize and motivate others will be crucial. The person appointed will also be required to assist in other areas of research interest within the wider group, so an enthusiasm 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.

This particular project will use explant culture of intestinal biopsies from patients with inflammatory bowel disease exposed to small molecule inhibitors or antibodies to dampen cytokine production and inflammatory signaling pathways.



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 full time (35 hours per week), fixed-term appointment for 10 months, with an expected start date in January/February 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 3, in the range of £27,742 - £34,220 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 Professor Tom MacDonald at or on 07971263903.


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


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The closing date for applications is 7th February 2021


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.

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