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Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Research Associates/Senior Research Associates

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), was founded in 2010 to continue fulfilling QF’s vision of unlocking human potential. HBKU is a homegrown research and graduate studies University that acts as a catalyst for positive transformation in Qatar and the region while having a global impact.

About Qatar Biomedical Research Institute:

Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), is a national center of excellence in biomedical research. It aims to transform healthcare through harnessing and converting the latest advances in science, medicine and technology into novel discoveries that will lead to more effective treatments and preventive strategies for human diseases such as: diabetes, cancer and neurological disorders. The institute strives toward the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to facilitate early diagnosis, treatment and management of these devastating diseases with the purpose of improving personalized medicine and healthcare. QBRI has recently occupied state-of-the-art life sciences laboratories in a newly established research campus.

Research Associates/Senior Research Associates

To fulfil its mission, QBRI is seeking full-time research associates/senior research associates to work under the guidance of Dr Paul J Thornalley studying the role of methylglyoxal, glyoxalase 1 and its transcriptional regulation, and other metabolic dysfunction, in obesity and diabetes - including in collaboration with other groups within the institute and beyond. Experience and expertise is sought in the following areas: cellular and molecular biology/integrative physiology, molecular and cellular proteomics, and systems biology (3 posts). The research focuses on advanced understanding of mechanisms underlying cell dysfunction in obesity and diabetes – particularly associated with the development of insulin resistance and vascular complications of diabetes, validation of related diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in clinical translation and development of glyoxalase 1 inducer therapeutics.

Key Responsibilities

  • To perform research in a multi-disciplinary, multi-skilled environment supporting cellular and molecular biology, proteomics, focused-metabolomics and systems biology studies.
  • To maintain good laboratory records, prepare standard operating procedures, interim reports, assist in the instruction of supporting research staff and preparation of manuscripts, and participate in the presentation and promotion of research findings.
  • To liaise with colleagues and collaborators for sample preparation and analysis, data extraction, systems modelling and reporting of outcomes.
  • To undertake literature searches and ensure the research program is kept current of new developments in the field.
  • To attend and contribute to regular research team meetings.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to personal continuing professional development.
  • To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.


  • A minimum of a PhD degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, systems biology, proteomics, metabolomics, systems biology or related subject (pharmacology, biomedical science, bioinformatics, mathematical biology) appropriate for the post.
  • Demonstrated background knowledge, expertise and experience appropriate for the post.
  • An excellent record of success in the area(s) of previous research including publications (or papers in press) in peer reviewed journals.

Additional Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills in English (both written and verbal) and excellent interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Interest and experience in metabolic dysfunction associated with obesity, diabetes and diabetic vascular complications is as advantage

How to Apply

Please submit your complete application via the following link: Click here to apply.


Complete applications will be reviewed and interviews will be arranged on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


HBKU offers an attractive compensation package that includes a tax-free salary and additional benefits such as an education allowance, furnished accommodation, annual paid leave, air tickets and medical insurance.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University is an equal opportunity educator and employer. We are committed to maintaining culturally and academically diverse staff of the highest caliber.