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Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Lymph Node Stromal Immunology - QMUL24344

Queen Mary University of London - William Harvey Research Institute

Location: London
Salary: £34,220 to £36,098 per annum incl. London allowance (grade 4).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021
Job Ref: QMUL24344

About the Role
Applications are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position to join the Centre for Microvascular Research at William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. The positions offer an exciting opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to join a newly established group working on lymph node stromal biology in homeostasis and inflammation. Specifically, the project will be focusing on how lymph node fibroblastic reticular cells govern the lymphocyte function and behaviour during inflammation. We will be using various vaccination models and helminths as model organism to address the stimulating questions related to stromal-lymphocytes cross talk. The postdoctoral fellow will have an opportunity to learn 2-photon microscopy, deep tissue imaging along with novel mice models recently established to identify novel mechanisms that stromal cells employ to regulate the crosstalk with immune cells. Candidate will gain research experience in the areas of stromal biology, tissue microenvironment, mucosal immunology and vaccine biology. Close collaboration will occur with the other existing groups in the school of Medicine and dentistry and require occasional travel to UK and European institutions. The research findings will be published in high impact journals, along with a definite opportunity to present his/her work at national and international meetings.

About You
The position requires a Ph.D. in the biological sciences (mucosal immunology, cell biology, stromal biology or related discipline). Significant research laboratory experience with in-vivo mouse models is a must with strong background in conducting experiments using Cre-Lox system. The successful candidate should have a PhD (or be close to completion) are encouraged to apply. A proven track record of published research and ability to lead a project with excellent research management skills are essential. We are seeking a motivated individual with excellent interpersonal, and communication skills (both verbal and written). Previous experience with multiplex flow cytometry, histological techniques and quantitative imaging is desirable. Candidates with prior experience in intestinal helminth infections models, host-pathogen interaction, B cell biology, lymph node stromal analysis are highly encouraged to apply.

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. This full-time, fixed-term appointment can start at a mutually agreeable date. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £34,220 - £36,098 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

For Informal enquiries, please, contact Dr. Lalit Kumar Dubey (

The closing date for applications is 30th September 2021.

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