Research Associate

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Glycosciences Laboratory directed by Professor Ten Feizi, at the Hammersmith Campus of Imperial College.

Job listing information

  • Reference MED00484
  • Date posted 2 May 2018
  • Closing date 3 June 2018

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join the Glycosciences Laboratory directed by Professor Ten Feizi, at the Hammersmith Campus of Imperial College.

Duties and responsibilities

The post holder will work on an ambitious research project on mapping the glycome of the human kidney, and elucidating glycan ligands for proteins of the innate immune system that participate in the activation of complement system causing tissue injury as a result of alteration of blood flow in kidney transplantation.

The project is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and it is part of a collaboration with Professor Steven Sacks and colleagues at the MRC Centre for Transplantation, King's College London.

Techniques required for the project include isolation of glycoproteins, glycolipids and proteoglycans, fractionation and purification of glycans derived from these, glycan microarray construction and analyses. These and glycan sequence determination will be in the carbohydrate microarray and mass spectrometry facilities that are housed in the Glycosciences Laboratory, and will involve collaboration with MRC biomedical NMR centre at the Crick institute.

Essential requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or have equivalent experience in biochemistry, carbohydrate chemistry or glycobiology, ideally with hands-on experience in glycan release, glycan separation by chromatographic methodologies. Previous experience in immunochemistry, glycan microarray and glycan mass spectrometric technologies is advantageous.

Further information

The post is full-time and fixed-term until the 31 March 2021.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Ten Feizi at or Dr Yan Liu at


About Imperial College London

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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