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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Department: Barts Cancer Institute
Salary: £34,619 - £43,592 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL31609
Location: Charterhouse Square
Date posted: 3 April 2023
Closing date: 6 June 2023

Further details and apply


About the Role

The successful postdoctoral research assistant role will involve leading an exciting project that will focus on discovering the basic biology behind cancer progression, therapy resistance and metastasis with a special focus on the tumour microenvironment. The host institute is part of the new Cancer Research UK City of London Major Centre that encompasses a partnership between Francis Crick Institute, University College London, Kings College London and the Barts Cancer Institute. The work will be based in the laboratory of Professor Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke in a team of tumour microenvironment experts with cross-institute collaboration at the heart of the study. The investigations will be based on published work from the Hodivala-Dilke lab describing the role of endothelial cell FAK in the regulation of paracrine signals relevant to cancer growth and metastasis. The work will involve a stimulating work package of cell biology, immunobiology, molecular and in vivo analysis with a special focus on senescence.

About You

Essential requirements for this post include a PhD in a relevant biological or related subject and an undergraduate degree in a biological or related subject. Significant research laboratory experience in cancer research, cell biology and molecular biology are essential. Specific experience in endothelial cell biology, senescence scRNA seq bioinformatics analysis would be beneficial. A demonstrated ability to communicate well, work within a team, maintain good laboratory records and publish findings are also essential.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

The Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) hosts some of the most eminent cancer research teams in the UK. 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.

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 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 18 months in the first instance, with an expected start date of 1st July 2023. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £33,619 - £42,592 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability.

Applicants from all countries are invited to apply.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke

The closing date for applications is 6 June 2023.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

Further details and apply

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