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ESR9 Omega 3, bioactive lipid mediators and the control of joint inflammation (QMUL)

We are seeking a PhD-student who will work on animal models of joint diseases, investigating the impact of an omega-3 enriched diet on the macroscopic and cellular/biochemical markers of pathology. Cellular mechanisms evoked by specific mediators will then be assessed. The PhD-student will be responsible for planning and performing the experiments and reporting and publishing the results in scientific journals and at international conferences. The work will also include training in LC-MS/MS based lipidomics and metabolomics.


The department

Our laboratory is located within the William Harvey Research Institute (, a vibrant, world-renowned hub for pharmacological research. The graduate will have access to a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies and core facilities, as well as interaction with researchers across a wide range of biomedical research. The studentship will benefit from the inter-disciplinary centre for inflammation and therapeutic innovation ( that brings together multiple areas of inflammation research with a focus on innovative therapeutic approaches. 

The student will also benefit from the scientific training and supportive research environment at KUL (Belgium), EKU (Germany) and Pharmatics Limited (Scotland, UK).


Your profile

The candidate should hold a Masters degree in biomedical sciences or related discipline. Practical experience with tissue culture and murine models of inflammation is desirable. Additional experiences with cell and molecular biology (flow cytometry and qPCR) is desirable. You will be a highly motivated independent team player with a flexible work approach and the ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team. English language skills are essential for communication within the team and the consortium, but also for scientific presentations and publications. PhD-students involved in this project will make short-term exchange visits with the institutes of the other partners.


What we offer

This full-time studentship is fully funded for three years.  It is anticipated the basic annual salary will be in the region of £35,000 - £40,000 per annum including eligibility for the MSCA-ITN family/dependent allowances. Gross salary is subject to social security and pension deductions. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment.

The terms of employment offered by QMUL are highly favourable. You will be entitled to 30 days annual leave in addition to University holiday closure days, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.


More information

The studentship is subject to QMUL's admissions requirements for PhD study.

English language: Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide a valid English language test or qualification prior to their proposed programme start date. We require an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS, with at least 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components (or the equivalent in an alternative acceptable test).  Detailed English language requirements can be found at

For more information and details about the project, please go to the ArthritisHeal website ( Informal project related enquiries may be made to Dr Lucy Norling This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.