Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Health
Queen Mary University of London William Harvey Research Institute
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant 


Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)

Reference: QMUL22820

Location: Charterhouse Square

Date posted: 10-Sep-2020

Closing date: 10-Oct-2020

Job profile 


About the Role

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (Postdoctoral) position to study the mechanisms of autonomic control of the heart during exercise. The successful applicant will use the methods of gene sequencing to study the molecular mechanisms underlying exercise-induced plasticity of the parasympathetic nervous system in health and disease. The project is based in the laboratories of Dr Gareth Ackland and Professor Andrew Tinker. You will be expected to produce independent, original contributions to the subject area, undertake research and deliver on the objectives of the British Heart Foundation-funded research project.

About You

You will have a PhD in Physiology, Pharmacology, Neurobiology or closely related discipline, a proven record of using in vivo animal models of cardiovascular pathology (myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke and myocardial infraction-induced heart failure) in combination with molecular targeting of CNS autonomic circuits, demonstrable comprehensive knowledge of the autonomic nervous control of the cardiovascular function and a good publication record.

About Queen Mary

At QMUL, 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.

The post is based at the Charterhouse Square Campus in London. It is a full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 2 years. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,220 - £40,194 per annum, 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 Amanda Craddock at

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

The closing date for applications is 10 October 2020.

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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