Research Assistant

Job summary

Applications are invited to apply for a part time (4 days per week) position of Research Assistant in the Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) to participate in a series of research programs centered on the field of Cancer Genetics and Lab-on-Chip technology development. The Research Assistant will support the development of methods for detection of cancer specific biomarkers using novel...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01658
  • Date posted 19 April 2021
  • Closing date 3 May 2021

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited to apply for a part time (4 days per week) position of Research Assistant in the Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) to participate in a series of research programs centered on the field of Cancer Genetics and Lab-on-Chip technology development.

The Research Assistant will support the development of methods for detection of cancer specific biomarkers using novel nucleic acid chemistries as well as the development and testing of Lab-on-Chip technology platforms. In taking up this role, you will join ongoing multidisciplinary projects at the Centre that aim to utilise genetic and epigenetic biomarkers by applying engineering methods for detection, to provide faster and more accurate early diagnosis and disease assessment.

You will contribute in research development, including protocol planning and profiling of gene-based assays specific to the application; and collaborate with engineers and specialists in the field of electronic and biomedical engineering at a PhD and Postdoctoral level, towards the integration of assays with large-scale Lab-on-Chip platforms.

Duties and responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Conducting research in the field of cancer genetics/epigenetics, molecular biology and Lab-on-Chip technology development and testing.
  • Maintenance and day-to-day operation of a molecular biology/genetics laboratory.
  • Attending and presenting at progress update meetings.

Essential requirements

You must have a BSc degree in Biotechnology and prior work experience in a multidisciplinary research group in the field of Electrical Engineering.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of the post, you should be able to demonstrate prior experience in the field of technology platforms for cancer genetics, design and optimisation of isothermal amplification chemistries as well as assembly and testing of Lab-on-Chip platforms. This post also requires you to have excellent written and oral communication skills and to be able to work in close collaboration with engineers, biochemists and cancer researchers.

Further information

This is a Fixed term contract for 9 months, part time at 0.8 FTE.

Please contact m.kalofonou@imperial.ac.uk copying i.wojcicka@imperial.ac.uk for informal queries regarding the Imperial College post. Our preferred method of application is online via our website.

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/

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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.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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