Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London
School of Biological & Behavioural Sciences

Closing Date
WorkplaceLondon, Greater London, UK

Department: School of Biological & Behavioural Sciences
Salary: £33,824 - £36,639 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL26415
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 25-Nov-2021
Closing date: 16-Dec-2021

Job profile


The Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) will be a highly motivated individual keen on a Cell Biology research career. Using cutting-edge Super-resolution microscopy, the PDRA will explore how human cells maintain their chromosomes.

The PDRA will have a PhD (or be close to completion) in Cell Biology or a related area, with extensive experience in Microscopy and Molecular biology. Some experience in Biochemistry or a coding language would be valuable but not essential. The candidate will be strongly supported to build research fellowship applications and/or industry collaborations.

Chromosomal instability (CIN) is a hallmark of cancers and arises from errors in the process of chromosome segregation. However, the precise molecular reasons for CIN remain unclear. This project aims to track the molecular and biochemical changes that control chromosome segregation accuracy. The findings will expand our basic understanding of mitosis and help design strategies to tackle CIN.

Queen Mary University of London is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the Queen Mary Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

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 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 Mile End campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 36 months. The start date is January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £33,824 - £36,639, per annum (pro-rata), 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 Prof Viji Draviam at .

To apply for the role, please click the link below.

The closing date for applications is 16 December 2021. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences 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 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

In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 205249.