Opening For Postdoctoral Research Assistant - London

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Amar Annamalai
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Opening For Postdoctoral Research Assistant - London

 Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in Honeybee Epigenetics
A Postdoctoral Research Assistant positionis available in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Working with Dr Paul Hurd, you will examine the role of chromatin in honeybee development and behaviour. The project is funded by the BBSRC for 3 years.
The Hurd group ( aims to understand how the environment shapes phenotype through epigenetic mechanisms. We are particularly interested in how nutrition directs changes in chromatin structure through histone post-translational modifications. In addition to the ecological and agricultural importance of the honeybee, larval development represents one of the most striking examples of phenotypic plasticity in any organism. We have recently established that honeybees have extensively modified histones (Dickman et al, 2013). In collaboration with Prof. Ryszard Maleszka at the Australian National University ( we are now investigating the functions of histone modifications during the establishment of distinct castes during honeybee development and also in complex behaviour. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to engage in this project using a variety of molecular biological, genomic and bioinformatic techniques. In addition, there will be the opportunity to travel and work in Canberra, Australia.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in molecular biology, preferably with a background in chromatin biology. Experience in the analysis of histone modifications, ChIP and ChIP-Seq, is highly desirable. Candidates with additional experience in the analysis of genome-wide datasets are particularly encouraged to apply. A demonstrable ability to develop your own research through to publication is also desirable as evidenced by a publication in a peer-reviewed international journal or in press. Appropriate training will be provided as part of our commitment to develop the careers of our researchers.
Ranked very highly in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Queen Mary is one of the largest colleges in the University of London and with a budget of £285 million per annum is one of the UK's leading research-intensive institutions, having joined the Russell Group in 2012. The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences includes dynamic and productive groups working on other social insects and our environment also offers rich opportunities for collaborative research with strong links to other Schools within the Faculty, including epigenetic-focussed groups at the Blizard Institute and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
The position is full-time and available for 3 years. The salary will be in the range £31,113 - £34, 626 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit 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 are encouraged; please contact Dr Hurd via email
To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on  and search for reference QMUL4243.
Application enquiries should be directed to
The closing date for applications is 20th August 2014. Interviews will be held in September. The successful candidate is expected to take up the position as soon possible thereafter.
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