Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Engineering and Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Engineering and Materials Science

Department: School of Engineering and Materials Science

Salary: £34,220 - £36,098 per annum (Grade 4)

Reference: QMUL22217

Location: Mile End

Date posted: 18-May-2020

Closing date: 30-Jun-2020

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About the Role

Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to investigate mechanical sensing in vascular smooth muscle cells and its involvement in cardiovascular disease.

The position will be based at the Iskratsch lab in the Division of Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the Shanahan lab and Jones lab at King's College London, who will be involved in project planning and supervision and will contribute with extensive expertise in vascular biology and cytoskeleton research, respectively.

About You

Applicants will have a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. mechanobiology, cell biology, biophysics, cardiovascular biology) and should have prior research experience and contributions using mechanobiology techniques, cytoskeletal biology and advanced imaging approaches, computational analysis, as well as extensive experience with cell culture and standard biochemistry and molecular biology methods.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with approximately 70 academic staff and 45 postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. Circa 40 administrative and technical staff support the staff and students.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.


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 Mile End Campus in London. It is full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years, with an expected start date of Sept 1st 2020. The starting salary will be in the range of £34220- £36097 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

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 Thomas Iskratsch at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 30.06.2020.

Interviews are expected to be held second week of July 2020 or shortly thereafter.

The School of Engineering & Materials Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science and is a registered member of WISE. 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 for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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