Research Associate

Job summary

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...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01355
  • Date posted 31 July 2020
  • Closing date 31 August 2020

Job description

Job summary

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: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/staff-benefits/.

The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline’s three main areas:

  1. Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health.
  2. Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health.
  3. Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.

 

Duties and responsibilities

This research associate position will be undertaken as part of an EPSRC funded project entitled “Non-invasive single neuron electrical monitoring (NISNEM Technology)”. In this role, you will plan, lead and carry out a high quality research programme in the intersecting fields of materials science and bionic devices. You will collaborate with academic partners, undertake project management and/or supervise multi-disciplinary teams, including assistant supervision of PhD students. In addition, you will be expected to submit publications to peer-reviewed journals, attract external research funding, and contribute to the teaching activities of the Institute.

 

 

Essential requirements

You must have a PhD in either Biomedical Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering (with a biomaterials, implant device or manufacturing engineering focus) or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience for appointment at Research Associate level.

You will have previous experience in microfabrication with technical expertise in implant design including characterisation of devices across chronic time periods. Knowledge or prior involvement with laser fabrication is essential and experience of knowledge of laser induced forward transfer (LIFT) is desirable. You should have experience in performing both in vitro and in vivo studies including recording and signal analysis techniques from neural or other excitable cells. You will have skills spanning a broad range of techniques including electrochemistry; polymer synthesis; and fundamental materials characterisation (mechanical, chemical and physical characterisation of biomaterials). You will also have knowledge spanning neural interfaces, bionic devices and basic neuroscience. Candidates with prior experience and publications in active implantable devices or EEG are highly recommended to apply. You must have a track record of supervision in student research projects (undergraduate, Masters or PhD).

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD need not apply.

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Rylie Green at rylie.green@imperial.ac.uk.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ to complete the application form as directed.

Further information is also available on the job description.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Jo Adam at i.adam@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 4 weeks from date of placement

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/

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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.