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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL25935

Queen Mary University of London - Centre for Cutaneous and Cell Biology, Blizard Institute

Location: London
Salary: £32,087 to £36,639 per annum (grade 4).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 5th October 2021
Job Ref: QMUL25935

About the Role
As we age the levels of skin derived lipids decrease leading to dry skin. Through our research we have identified a mechanism for the loss of lipids in ageing skin. Using a screening system developed in my lab have identified naturally occurring compounds that can reverse this mechanism. We propose to test these compounds in 3D organotypic models of aged human skin to confirm they can restore skin lipids in aged skin.

Working with colleagues within the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research, the project will test the newly identified compounds in both 2D and 3D models of aged skin. This will lead to a greater understanding of how these compounds alter skin biology and identify if any can restore skin lipids in models of aged skin.

Towards these goals, a number of technologies will be utilized including high-throughput imaging and the generation of 3D organotypic skin models.

About You
The post is applicable to a postdoctoral researcher with a PhD in a relevant area (e.g. Cell Biology, Cell Signalling). A background in keratinocyte biology, microscopy and generating 3D skin models is highly desirable.

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 full-time and fixed-term for 1 year. The starting salary will be Grade 4, £32,087 - £36,639 per annum.

This ambitious project will be based within the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research under the supervision of Dr Matthew Caley. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact us prior to the deadline. We believe we are poised to make significant contributions to this exciting and emerging field and are therefore seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with an interest in skin biology to join our team.

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 Dr Matthew Caley (

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 5th October 2021. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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