Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Blizard Institute

London, United Kingdom
£34,220 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
09 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
09 Oct 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
Location: Whitechapel
Closing date: 09-Oct-2019


Applications are invited for the role of postdoctoral research assistant in the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London. The Blizard Institute is the largest institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and aims to deliver excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service.

The post holder will join Dr. Miguel Branco’s group to investigate the contribution of transposable elements to rodent placental evolution. Specifically, the lab is interested in species-specific transposons that act as gene regulatory elements. The post holder will derive trophoblast stem cell models to test the regulatory roles of transposable elements using CRISPR and CRISPRi. This is a BBSRC-funded project that aims to extend recently published work from the lab (Todd et al 2019 eLife, PMID 31012843).

Applicants must have a PhD and peer-reviewed publications in the fields of genetics, gene regulation, development and/or genome evolution. Expertise in cell culture and molecular biology is essential. Experience in genome-wide profiling methods (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq) and in animal handling is highly desirable. Bioinformatics skills and past experience with CRISPR would be advantageous. Excellent organisational and communication skills will be required, together with the ability to work well within a team.

The post is full time, fixed term appointment for 18 months in the first instance, to start as soon as possible. Starting salary will be in the range of £34,220 - £40,194 per annum (depending on experience), inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Miguel Branco at m.branco@qmul.ac.uk or on +44 (0) 020 7882 2355.

Details about the institute can be found at www.blizard.qmul.ac.uk

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

The closing date for applications is 9th October 2019.

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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