Postdoc Position at Imperial College London

Imperial College London is delighted to offer a postdoctoral associate position in cell biology. The initial contract for this position is two years and posible to extend. Applications are welcome before February 24, 2019.

This Research Associate post is based in the Cell Biology group within the Airway Disease section of the NHLI. The team are leading experts in the cell biology of a number of respiratory conditions including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This is an excellent opportunity for a post-doctoral scientist to work within a well-funded world class 5* (RAE) department. The post holder will be a highly motivated individual who will work directly under the supervision of Professor Peter Barnes in collaboration with Professor Louise Donnelly and Dr Jonathan Baker. You will to investigate the mechanisms by which airway cells 'spread' senescence by the release of extracellular vesicles and microparticles. In particular, the post will investigate whether release of these extracellular vesicles change in response to cell stressors and whether these are the means of propagation of miRNAs which are known to induce senescence in airway epithelial cells. The study will also investigate whether extracellular vesicles can be modified to carry antagomirs of specific miRNA species to reduce cellular senescence with the aim of developing a novel therapy for the treatment of COPD.

The key duties and responsibilities of the post include the ability to plan your own work with appropriate supervision, maintain an accurate record of all experimental work, analyse data and write reports.

This post is full time and fixed term for two years.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Professor Peter Barnes -

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