Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Medical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London Blizard Institute
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant 

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 and £41,299 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL22596
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 23-Jul-2020
Closing date: 28-Aug-2020


About the Role

A position is available for a postdoctoral research assistant to join the laboratory of Silvia Marino at the Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, on a 5 years Cancer Research UK funded programme award, in collaboration with Sven Nelander, Uppsala University and Trevor Graham, Barts Cancer Institute. The successful applicant will join a leading multidisciplinary research group composed of basic scientists and clinical researchers focusing on understanding key mechanisms driving epigenetic dysregulation in brain tumours and how these can be harnessed to develop novel therapeutic strategies

About You

We seek an ambitious and self-motivated postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in computational biology, statistics, computer science, or a related field, to lead a multi-organisation collaborative project focused on leveraging exciting newly developed experimental tools, including patient-derived tumour stem cells and matched iPSC-derived neural stem cells, as well as comparative epigenomic datasets derived thereof to develop new approaches for personalised prediction of drug responses in glioblastoma, a currently untreatable malignant tumour of the brain. The successful applicant will lead our bioinformatics and computational modelling analysis with guidance in large data analytics (Nelander) and clonal evolution in drug response (Graham). The cross-centre nature of the post will require that the post holder is able to relocate between London, UK and Uppsala, Sweden during the project lifetime.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

Details about the Blizard Institute, Uppsala University and Barts Cancer Institute can be found at, and respectively.

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.

The post is based at the Whitechapel Campus in London. It is a full time, fixed-term appointment for 2 years in the first instance, with an expected start date of September 2020 or as soon as possible after this date. The starting salary will be Grade 4/5 at the appropriate point for experience, in the range of £34,220 and £41,299 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 Prof Silvia Marino,

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

The closing date for applications is 28/08/2020.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly after this date.

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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