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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL26620

Department: Barts Cancer Institute
Salary: £34,733 - £40,797 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL26620
Location: Charterhouse Square
Date posted: 18-Nov-2021
Closing date: 16-Dec-2021

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About the Role

This role will study the role of different immune cells in the tumour microenvironment of colorectal cancer and breast cancer, and how this can be modulated to improve solid cancer outcome. The final aim is to identify new immunotherapeutic targets. A particular focus of this project will be the understanding of the metabolic changes occurring in the tumour microenvironment. The work will be based in the laboratory of Dr Luigi Ombrato and will use 3D spatially resolved transcriptomics and other state-of-art approaches, both in vivo and in vitro.

About You

You will have a PhD in a relevant biological subject and an undergraduate degree in a biological subject. Experience in immunohistochemistry, tissue culture, flow cytometry, cell biology and deciphering molecular mechanism of action is essential.

Experience in the field of tumour immunology, cell metabolism, basic bioinformatics and appropriate publication records would be an advantage. A demonstrated ability to communicate well, work within a team and maintain good laboratory records are also essential.

About the School

The Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) hosts some of the most eminent cancer research teams in London.  As part of the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (Queen Mary University of London), research at the BCI focuses on how to reduce the burden of disease and improve patient survival through early detection and diagnosis and the discovery and development of more effective and innovative therapies. The goal of the project is to specifically examine the role of extracellular vesicles in the control of therapy efficacy and will fit within the focus of the group in understanding and improving strategies to overcome therapy resistance in breast cancer.

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 Charterhouse Square campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for one year, with an expected start date of December 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4, depending on previous experience, in the range of £34,733 - £40,797 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 Luigi Ombrato at

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

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 16th December 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.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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