Research Associate

Job summary

Your work will focus on the experimental study of optical biosensor development, including the preparation of polymers with optical properties and their characterisation. You will need to be able to functionalise these optical polymers with aptamers (DNA, RNA) to develop quantitative, selective, sensitive sensors for continuous biomarker monitoring. Consequently, you need to be able to work across several disciplines, be able to combine...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00552
  • Date posted 18 October 2018
  • Closing date 18 November 2018

Job description

Job summary

Your work will focus on the experimental study of optical biosensor development, including the preparation of polymers with optical properties and their characterisation. You will need to be able to functionalise these optical polymers with aptamers (DNA, RNA) to develop quantitative, selective, sensitive sensors for continuous biomarker monitoring. Consequently, you need to be able to work across several disciplines, be able to combine experimental and theoretical work, and have a strong background in polymer chemistry, laser physics, and optics. Depending on project requirements, you may also need to work in other areas, requiring a high degree of flexibility, self-motivation and ability to acquire new knowledge.

Duties and responsibilities

As well as conducting your own research, you will work with a team of research students, providing technical and practical guidance and support to their projects; and be responsible for managing the lab and implementing and maintaining safe working practices.

Essential requirements

You should hold a first degree (or equivalent) and PhD (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or a related discipline with particular emphasis on polymer synthesis and functionalisation, optics, or laser physics. 

The successful applicant will have a proven world-class research track record in any of the above areas, as evidenced by first-author publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and experience in presenting at relevant international conferences.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 – £35,061 per annum.

The appointment is for 12 months in the first instance.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.  Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr. Ali Yetisen (a.yetisen@imperial.ac.uk).

To apply, please select on the 'Apply' now button at the bottom of the page.  Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Mrs. Raluca Reynolds (raluca.reynolds@imperial.ac.uk).

 Closing date: midnight on Sunday 18th November 2019

 For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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About Imperial College London

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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.

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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.

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.