Research Associate

Job summary

We are seeking a talented, motivated Post-Doctoral Researcher to join the Kitney Lab Genetic Circuit Design Group at Imperial College London. The post is suitable for a researcher with a background in synthetic biology, particularly in relation to gene circuit design in the context of Biofoundries.

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01343
  • Date posted 30 July 2020
  • Closing date 16 August 2020

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking a talented, motivated Post-Doctoral Researcher to join the Kitney Lab Genetic Circuit Design Group at Imperial College London. The post is suitable for a researcher with a background in synthetic biology, particularly in relation to gene circuit design in the context of Biofoundries.

Duties and responsibilities

The project is funded by a grant that forms part of the collaboration between SynbiCITE (the U.K.’s National Industrial Translation Centre for Synthetic Biology) at Imperial College and the NPL.

The Research Associate will work on research relating to genetic circuit design and workflows. Specifically, but not entirely, the work will comprise the development and optimisation genetic circuits for lycopene production. This will involve design of the lycopene generic circuits, optimisation using DoE techniques, and implementation our Biofoundry. An important part of the work will involve the interaction with modellers in the team.

Essential requirements

We expect the candidate to have a strong background in synthetic biology wet lab activities, particularly in relation to a Biofoundry and its workflow. Knowledge of DoE techniques is also advisable.

The successful candidate will also have proven skills in biotechnology and molecular biology techniques, show a track record of success in a research environment, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.  You should also have the ability to work autonomously and show initiative in driving research; prioritise a varied workload and work under pressure to meet deadlines, while maintaining a high level of accuracy; follow protocols and learn new techniques in a concise and skilled manner; work constructively and effectively within a research team; relate well to others and form positive working relationships with a wide range of people; use  computers and search the relevant databases necessary for the project; and have knowledge of statistical procedures.

Further information

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university.  The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities, here:

A leading department of biomedical engineering among UK Universities, the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London has consistently been awarded exceptional research ratings, including in the 2014 REF assessment, in which 95% of the Department has returned research was judged world leading and internationally excellent.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Richard Kitney at

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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.

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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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  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
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  • 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.

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