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Postdoctoral Research Associate - QMUL24860

Queen Mary University of London - William Harvey Research Institute

Location: London
Salary: £34,220 to £36,098 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th April 2021
Closes: 23rd May 2021
Job Ref: QMUL24860

Centre for Microvascular Research

Applications are invited for an MRC-funded Postdoctoral Research Associate post within the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The position is within the Centre for Microvascular Research, an internationally respected hub of vascular and inflammation research. The appointed researcher will work on a project aimed at investigating novel genes involved in immune cell extravasation from blood vessels to sites of inflammation. The successful candidate will be part of a new collaborative team of researchers based at University of Bristol (led by Dr Helen Weavers and Professor Paul Martin) and QMUL (led by Professor Sussan Nourshargh). The Bristol team will utilise genetic screening opportunities in Drosophila, and a new pupal vein model (Thuma et al, J. Cell Biol, 217, 3045; 2018), to identify and characterise novel players in this process. In parallel, at QMUL we will aim to undertake complementary analysis of identified novel genes using murine models of inflammation, including live imaging methods (e.g. Girbl et al., Immunity, 49, 1062; 2018). Extended collaboratively to human studies using in vitro models and Population Health approaches, we will link the findings of the project to relevant human physiological and pathological scenarios.

The present QMUL position, within the laboratory of Professor Sussan Nourshargh, will employ a multidisciplinary approach to analyse exit of leukocytes from mammalian blood vessels with significant emphasis on the application of advanced in vivo imaging modalities. The Centre for Microvascular Research is based on the Charterhouse Square Campus of the Medical School, offers newly refurbished laboratories, cutting edge imaging facilities and is located in the heart of the City of London in close proximity to the Barbican Art and Music Centre and St Paul’s Cathedral.

We are looking for motivated outstanding candidates committed to a scientific career with experience in the fields of inflammation, immunity, vascular biology and/or related disciplines. Technical expertise in imaging and/or in vivo methodologies will be advantageous. The post is full-time and fixed-term for initially 3 years with a possibility of a further 2-year extension. Starting salary will be in the range £34,220-36,098 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. 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.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Sussan Nourshargh (

Details about the Centre for Microvascular Research and the William Harvey Research Institute can be found at To apply and for full job details including a job description and person specification please click the apply button.

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The closing date for applications is 23 May 2021. Interviews are expected to take place shortly afterwards.

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