Postdoctoral Research Associate (Cancer Research UK)

London (Greater)
£40,386 to £43,745 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
27 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description


This is a research support post in Mishto lab within the Centre for Inflammation Biology and Cancer Immunology (CIBCI) at the Guy’s campus of King’s College London. This post could include experiments carried out at the Francis Crick Institute in Mishto lab. 

These two groups are working on a number of projects relating to antigen presentation and T cell response in cancer and inflammation with the aim to further characterise the underlying molecular mechanisms and identify potential diagnostic and therapeutic targets. 


The focus of the post will be to carry out a project on:

-          Melanoma and pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC) funded by Cancer Research UK Programme Foundation Award (CRUK-PFA) for 6 years. PI: Mishto. The name of the project is: Identification of tumour-specific spliced epitopes to target large cohorts of cancer patients by immunotherapies. 


The successful candidate will be expected to lead, under the supervision of the group leaders, two independent programmes of research whose principal aims are: 


(i) discovery noncanonical (mutated) epitopes relevant in cancer immunotherapy. 

(ii) isolating CD8+ T cell clones specific for HLA-I-restricted neoepitopes carrying recurrent driver mutations in cancer, and cloning their TCRs to investigate the epitope generation in cancer cells; 

(iii) investigate the neoepitope antigenicity in peripheral blood of cancer patients. 

(iv) Validating the epitope candidates in xenograft mouse model. This task is limited to the project funded by CRUK.  

Detailed knowledge of applied cellular and molecular biology and immunobiology, biochemistry and cloning would be highly advantageous.  


The successful candidate will have opportunities to interact with national and international collaborators with a broad expertise, which varies from computational biology to clinics, as well as Mishto lab at the Francis Crick Institute (London, UK). 


This post will be offered on  a fixed-term contract for 30 months 

This is a full-time post


Key responsibilities

•                Isolation of CD8+ T cell clones  

•                TCR sequencing and cloning in viral expressing vectors 

•                CyTOF analysis 

•                FACS, cell sorting 

•                Molecular and cellular immunology experiments 

•                In vivo experiments with mouse models (only the project funded by CRUK) 

•                Participating actively in related research projects, for example those looking at immune responses to antigenic peptides in patients 

•                Develop, lead and conduct designated research projects in collaboration with members of the group, department, division or the faculty and initiate and conduct research collaborations nationally and internationally.  To be responsible for co-ordinating and implementing research projects 

•                To make research initiatives and original contributions to the research programme wherever possible, including funding applications and to contribute freely to the team research environment in a manner conducive to the success of the research project as a whole 


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

•       flow cytometry 

•       ELISA, EliSpot 

•       CyTOF 

•       Western blots, proteomics  

•       long-term tissue culture 

•       basic molecular biology/biochemistry 

•       bioinformatics 

in vivo experiments on mouse models


Essential criteria  

1.       A PhD in Cell or Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology or a related subject  

2.       Experience of mammalian cell culture 

3.       Excellent knowledge and understanding of cell biology, molecular immunology, antigen presentation, T and B cell biology 

4.       Track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications 

5.       Effective time management and organisational skills 

6.       Ability to communicate effectively with researchers 

7.       Ability to manage a busy research project 

Desirable criteria

8.       Experience of working with cell culture, molecular and cell biology projects, antigen presentation, T and B cells 

9.       Experience of working with flow cytometry 

10.   Extensive experience in modern cellular, molecular biology, biochemistry and imaging techniques 

11.   Experience of T Cell clone generation and maintenance 

12.   Experience of in vivo experiments on mouse models

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