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. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01432
  • Date posted 20 October 2020
  • Closing date 22 November 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. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. 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: Biomedical Engineering (Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health), Biological Engineering (Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health), Biomimetics (Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines). At White City, the Department boasts state-of-the-art laboratories, including ‘wet labs’ for cell culture, chemistry, histology, flow studies, biosensors and electrophysiology, biomaterials, molecular biology, and high throughput biological screening; as well as ‘dry labs’ for modelling, electronics, imaging and mechanics. The space has been designed to promote greater interaction among researchers – just what is needed for the interdisciplinary field that is modern bioengineering.

Duties and responsibilities

The role of the person appointed with this position will be the development of real-time algorithms in embedded systems for the decoding of neural activity from ultra-high-density recordings used with low-noise acquisition systems. This is in the context of the actions of a UK-EPSRC large project in which several PIs at Imperial College collaborate to develop new noninvasive neural recording systems. The work also involves collaborating with other groups taking part in the project, as well as expertise in programming in real-time environments, hardware, electronics, signal processing and biological signal processing.

Essential requirements

You must have a good undergraduate degree/ MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Electronics and Communications, Systems Engineering, Informatics, Robotics (or equivalent). The postholder will have a significant theoretical background and hands-on expertise in electronics, programming, control theory, mathematics, and in general hardware implementation. Good programming skills in C++ are required for this position. Experience with running user studies as well as industrial-level experience are a plus.

 

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Dario Farina at d.farina@imperial.ac.uk

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to https://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/ (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number ENG01432. Further information is also available on the job description.

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

Closing Date: 4 weeks from the date of posting

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

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, 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.

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.