Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Organ-on-a-Chip Models

Queen Mary University of London School of Engineering and Materials Science

United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Organ-on-a-Chip models 

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £31,613 - £36,098 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL21185
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 13-Jan-2020
Closing date: 13-Feb-2020

Job profile 


Queen Mary University of London has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a multidisciplinary project entitled “Organ-on-a-Chip models for safety testing of regenerative medicine products”. The project is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and in associated with the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UK RMP) and the Queen Mary-Emulate Organs-on-chips Centre.

This Postdoctoral Research Assistant Role will be part of a multidisciplinary research team led by Professors Hazel Screen and Martin Knight at QMUL, and in collaboration with Professor Alicia El Haj at University of Birmingham and the organ-on-a-chip company, Emulate Inc.

The aims of the project are to develop and validate new joint-on-a-chip models of synovial cavity, tendon and ligament within the Emulate organ-on-chip platform, and subsequently use the models in proof of concept regenerative medicine product screening, in conjunction with the UK RMP.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or soon to be awarded), or equivalent experience which has involved significant practical cell culture. Previous experience of organ-on-a-chip approaches or use of in vitro models and experience of working in musculoskeletal tissues is desirable but not essential.

The post is a full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years and is available from February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be in the range £31,613 - £36,098 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience), inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, 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 Hazel Screen at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 6167.

The post is based in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS), which houses the QM-Emulate Organs-on-Chips Center and associated cell culture, biochemistry, microscopy and molecular biology labs. Details about the school and the multidisciplinary bioengineering research activity can be found at

To apply for the role, please click the link below.

The closing date for applications is 13 February 2020. Interviews are expected to be held 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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