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Research Fellow

University College London (UCL)
£42099 - £50585 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

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About us

The UCL Cancer Institute is the hub for cancer research at University College London (UCL), one of the world's leading universities ( The Institute draws together over 400 talented scientists who are working together to translate research discoveries into better, more effective treatments to improve outcomes for cancer patients. It fosters links between basic cancer researchers across biomedicine and the clinical activities with our associated hospital Trusts, including UCL Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust. Embedded within the UCL Cancer Institute, the CRUK City of London Centre provides essential infrastructure to underpin cancer research within UCL and is a major catalyst in the success of UCL in integrating translational and clinical cancer research with excellent basic science. Further Information about the UCL Cancer Institute can be found on our website The Postdoctoral Research Associates will be part of the Molecular Biology of Cancer Laboratory ( at the UCL Cancer Institute led by Dr Ivana Bjedov. The Bjedov laboratory is interested in two tightly interconnected biological processes: ageing and cancer (Martinez-Miguel, V. et al. 2021 PMID 34525330; Stead E. R. et al. 2021 PMID 34102225; Bjedov I et al. 2020 PMID 33253201; Castillo-Quan J. I. et al. 2019 PMID 31570569). More precisely, we are interested in leveraging recent developments in the ageing filed to protect normal tissue from the side effects of radiation therapy.

About the role

Significant progress has been made over the years in the delivery of radiotherapy, however, there are still no effective radioprotectors available. Therefore, this project aims to bring together novel methodologies and approaches to improve the protection of normal tissue, reducing long-term radiation toxicity. This is a collaborative project with leading experts from different fields (Prof. Simon Boulton (The Crick, London), Prof. Owen Sansom (CRUK Beatson, Glasgow), Prof. Bart Vanhaesebroeck (UCL)) where there will be the opportunity to explore and learn about DNA repair, chromatin, and colorectal cancer from an innovative perspective. The research will be conducted in a laboratory that combines cellular biology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics to address fundamental questions in biology with translational relevance. The project will involve the use of cell lines, organoids, and mice to test cutting-edge approaches. The posts are available from July 2024 and are funded by CRUK for three years in the first instance. A full job description and person specification for this role can be accessed below. If you have any informal queries about the role, please contact Dr Ivana Bjedov at .

About you

The Postdoctoral Research Associates will hold a PhD in Molecular Biology or a related field. They must have extensive experience in working in a scientific laboratory and be proficient in cell culture, molecular biology and microscopy. Experience in organoid work is an advantage as is experience in animal husbandry and animal handling. You might be required to secure an animal licence from the Home Office, if not already held. The holder will be expected to produce independent, original contributions to the subject area of DNA repair, chromatin, radiation and cancer biology, therefore knowledge of these area is an advantage, as is a productive track record. The project will include meticulously designing and running experiments, recording, analysing and writing up results, as well as presenting results at regular laboratory meetings. The candidates should have a strong interest in biological research and commitment to high-quality research, excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate participation in a research group, mentoring PhD students, and communication with collaborators.

What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:

  • 41 Days holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
  • Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE)
  • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
  • On-Site nursery
  • On-site gym
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
  • Discounted medical insurance

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London's Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world's talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong.

We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL's workforce.

These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women.

You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here :


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