Queen Mary University of London – Division of Bioengineering – Iskratsch Lab
Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Iskratsch lab (www.iskratschlab.com) to investigate mechanical sensing in cardiomyocytes.
The work of the lab focuses on the role of mechanical signalling in the cardiovascular system. This BBSRC funded project will investigate how cardiomyocytes sense the changing mechanical properties of the heart during development and disease, following up on our previous data, which demonstrated a cardiomyocyte specific rigidity sensing mechanism (Pandey et al, Dev Cell, 2018). The successful candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary team, using state of the art nanotechnology, biophysical and imaging approaches to identify the key mechanosensitive elements in primary and iPSC derived cardiomyocytes.
Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. mechanobiology, biophysics, cardiovascular or stem cell biology). They should have prior research experience and contributions using mechanobiology or biophysical techniques, advanced imaging approaches, and computational analysis, as well as extensive experience with cell culture (ideally using induced pluripotent stem cells). Solid knowledge of cardiovascular and especially cardiomyocyte biology are desirable.
The position will be based in the Division of Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London. The post is full time (35 hours per week), on a fixed term of 36 months, with an expected start date in January 2019. Starting salary will be in the range of £33,615 – £35,459 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.