Postdoctoral Research Associate

Queen Mary University of London - William Harvey Research Institute

Applications are invited for a motivated and committed Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) with rich experience/knowledge in cell biology, molecular biology and vascular biology. The position is funded by a research project grant from the British Heart Foundation within Dr Xiao’s group and is based at the Centre for Clinical Pharmacology in the William Harvey Research Institute based in Charterhouse Square. Various projects within Dr Xiao’s group will aim to investigate the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, underlying signal pathways of vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic modulation and other functions, molecular mechanisms of stem cell differentiation and somatic cell direct reprogramming, and therapeutic potential of stem/progenitor cell-derived vascular cells in cardiovascular diseases, etc.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a PhD degree in molecular/cell biology, or a related biological sciences discipline, with good experience in molecular cell biology and vascular biology. Excellent skills and rich experience in molecular & cell biology, animal handling and various animal models of cardiovascular diseases (such as vessel injury-induced neointimal formation, arterial ligation, cell injection/transplantation, or bone marrow transplantation model, etc.) are preferable. Good experience in stem cell biology including embryonic stem (ES) cell culture and differentiation, induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell generation and differentiation, somatic cell direct conversion/trans-differentiation into vascular cells, or isolation/characterization of different type of adult stem/progenitor cells from various tissues/organs, is also desirable.

This is a full time, fixed-term appointment for 13 months in the first instance, with a starting salary from £32,956 - £36,677 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. The benefits package includes 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and an interest free season ticket loan.

Informal enquiries for this post should be addressed to Denise Grant, Centre Administrator, Clinical Pharmacology (

Further details on this job and the online application process can be found at by searching for reference number QMUL13408.

Details about the institute can be found at

The closing date for applications is 1st January 2018 with interviews being held by the end January.

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