Research Associate

Job summary

Salary scale: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum The Department of Life Sciences was the top ranked university department in the UK for research intensity in Biological Sciences in REF2014 (Times Higher Education), scoring 100% on our environment. Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join Professor Rutherford’s laboratory in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. The aim of the project is to investigate...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00207
  • Date posted 22 June 2018
  • Closing date 27 July 2018

Job description

Job summary

Salary scale: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum

The Department of Life Sciences was the top ranked university department in the UK for research intensity in Biological Sciences in REF2014 (Times Higher Education), scoring 100% on our environment.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join Professor Rutherford’s laboratory in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. The aim of the project is to investigate chlorophyll f –containing Photosystem II. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the project, including isolation of species, cyanobacterial culture, protein purification, and biophysical and biochemical characterization.

Duties and responsibilities

• To perform research work that fulfils the requirements of the grant objective.
• To contribute to producing independent and original research within the group.
• To interpret and present research data and results.
• To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times.
• To present findings to colleagues and at conferences.
• To write of the findings for publication in refereed journals.
• To advise and assist other staff and students within the area of expertise.
• To contribute to writing bids for research grants.
• To take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research.

Essential requirements

ou must have:
• A PhD (or equivalent) in biochemistry, chemistry, biophysics or a related subject.
• Experience of biophysical methods
• Experience of photosystem II biochemistry, molecular enzymology and structure/function
• Experience of microbiological methods

It would be advantageous if you also had:
• Experience with molecular biological techniques
• Experience of microscopy, confocal, EM, cryo-EM etc
• Experience of cyanobacterial culture
• Experience in the conception, design and construction of spectroscopic set-ups
• Experience in spectroscopy of photosystem II (EPR, uv/vis, fluorescence etc)
• Experience in potentiometric and/or electrochemical approaches
• Experience of kinetics of PSII reactions: fluorescence, uv/vis spectroscopy

You must also be able to demonstrate:
• Ability to follow protocols and learn new techniques in a precise and skilled manner
• Excellent verbal communication skills and ability to deal with a wide range of people
• Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication
• A high level analytical capability and a creative approach to problem-solving
• The ability to work independently and show initiative with research.
• The ability to develop and apply new concepts
• The ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines.

Further information

 

This is a full time, fixed term position available for up to 24 months based at the South Kensington Campus

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,238 - £34,040 per annum.

Informal enquires can be made directly to Professor A.W. Rutherford, Chair of Biochemistry of Solar Energy in the Department of Life Sciences, at a.rutherford@imperial.ac.uk.

If you are unable to apply online, please email Miss Laila Pastor at l.pastor@imperial.ac.uk, to request an application form.


For technical queries during the application process, please contact recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

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.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.