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Postdoctoral Research Assistant


The Blizard Institute

Centre for Immunobiology

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Inflammation and Metabolism


About the Role

Applications are invited for a highly motivated postdoctoral research assistant to work within Barts Liver Centre, part of the Centre for Immunobiolgy at Barts and the London School of Medicine. Based in the Blizard Institute, the successful candidate will work alongside Professor William Alazawi in his MRC-funded laboratory to lead a project integrating single cell multiomics and TCR sequencing alongside cutting-edge in vitro techiques to study non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

A key gap in our knowledge of NASH is understanding the drivers for progressive disease. Recent experiments in patient-derived liver tissue have highlighted the role of adaptive and innate immune cells in all stages of NASH. This post is funded by a three year MRC Project Grant in which we will study immune cell gene expression and function using antibody-derived single cell RNA sequencing in multiple tissue samples from patients with different stages of NASH before and after bariatric surgery. Functional immunological and advanced tissue imaging techniques will also be employed. In this project we will work closely with immunologists Dr Louisa James, Professor Federica Marelli-Berg and computational biologist, Professor Conrad Bessant.

About You

We are looking for a driven and highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher who is keen to lead on this exciting project. We are looking for someone who can also develop their own research ideas and has the ambition and potential to win independent fellowship funding at the end of the project. Expertise in single-cell transcriptomic and/or immunology, metabolism would be ideal, but we are particularly looking for drive and enthusiasm. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

The Blizard Institute delivers excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service, and is the largest of seven institutes within Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Situated in the heart of London’s East End, and working closely with the UK’s largest NHS Trust – Barts Health – we have a strong track record of world-class research outputs. We are committed to developing the careers of our postdocs with great facilities for learning, transferrable skill programmes, and career advancement opportunities.


We offer competitive salaries, a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), 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.

This is a full-time post for 3 years based at the Whitechapel Campus. The starting salary will be at the appropriate point according to experience on Research Grade 4 scale £34,220 - £40,194 per annum 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 Professor William Alazawi at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 2308.

Further details about the Alazawi lab and The Blizard Institute can be found here;

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

The closing date for applications is 9th March 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter. Applicants who do not wish any referees to be contacted prior to interview should make this explicitly clear on their application.

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