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Computational Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £40,223 - £47,178 per annum
Reference: 1525
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 12 March 2024
Closing date: 26 April 2024

Further details and apply


About the Role
This full-time PDRA would particularly suit an ambitious early career researcher with an interest in discovering endogenous RNAs and peptides that mediate anti-tumour immunity and which are epigenetically controlled. The candidate would work in a dynamic and diverse team at Queen Mary University (QMUL) and with external co-investigators and collaborators and this work would inform future cancer therapies and vaccines. The role could represent a stepping stone for someone interested in establishing their own lab afterwards or developing their skills, network and opportunities and there are possibilities for flexible or part-time working.

About You
The successful candidate will lead their own project focused on how an epigenetic complex known as the HUSH complex is involved in tumour immune evasion. This will be achieved by using data from The Cancer Genome Atlas and from TRACERx and results will be validated in samples from lung adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma patients, with help from other lab members conducting wet-lab experiments. The postholder will also advise other team members in their own bioinformatics analyses of RNA-sequencing and chromatin profiling datasets. All bioinformatics analyses will be run on the high-performance computing cluster, Apocrita at QMUL and through support from co-investigators and collaborators.

About the Institute

The Blizard Institute was established in 2003 and is one of six Institutes within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL. The Institute comprises approximately 350 staff based in four academic Centres and one Public Engagement Centre and supports a combined total of c750 postgraduate research and taught students. The Institute aims to deliver 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.

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.

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