Post Doc Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London - Blizard Institute

We are looking to appoint a Post-Doc Research Assistant in Molecular virology to work as part of a dynamic group studying disease pathogenesis of chronic hepatitis B (CHB). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build on their experience in the field of viral genomics and benefit from the facilities offered at QMUL. The development of the successful candidates’ research will take place in the field of molecular virology, working with Dr Patrick Kennedy, with a view to expand liver research at The Barts Liver Centre based in the Blizard Institute, QMUL. The candidate should have a background in viral infections and a strong track record in translational hepatitis B research and is thus expected to develop and contribute to the further study of HBV immunopathogenesis. The candidate would be expected to develop new avenues of research to complement Dr Patrick Kennedy’s existing expertise and ultimately progress towards an independent researcher/Lecturer.

Barts & The London School of Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust & the Centre for Immunobiology at QMUL have an international reputation for basic and translational research as well as clinical excellence. The Post-Doctoral Research Assistant will work in the Barts Liver Centre in the Blizard Institute. The successful candidate should have strong communication skills, together with an ability to organize and motivate others. Enthusiasm, innovation and management skills will be critical for the development of the research.

Foremost, candidates should demonstrate an ability and willingness to learn. Previous experience in molecular biology is essential. Expertise in Sanger and next-generation sequencing/analysis of large data-sets is particularly desirable as the post will involve in-depth analysis of hepatitis B viral genomics. Knowledge and experience with development of tools for the analysis/quantification of viral serological markers including HBcrAg and HBV RNA is essential.

The successful candidate may assist in other areas of ongoing and future research and experience in the following would be advantageous:-

  • Molecular biology assays, Nanodrop and similar technologies.
  • Single cell analysis, tissue culture, protein expression, immunoassays.
  • Flow cytometry/cell sorting.

This post is full-time for up to 3 years. Starting salary will be in the range £32,956 to £36,677 per annum inclusive of London Allowance and depending on experience. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Details about the Blizard Institute and the Centre can be found at; and

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search by post reference number QMUL14442

The closing date for all applications is 29 April 2018. Interviews are expected to take place the week commencing 7 May 2018.

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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