Research Assistant

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Assistant to work on the development of biosensors based on intein-mediated protein logic in cell-free systems. The post is funded by the UKRI associated with a Marie Sklodowska Curie Action Doctoral Network.  The specific role for this post is to develop biosensors using inteins to compute combinations of signals to enable more sophisticated response.  The biosensors will be...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG02287
  • Date posted 22 September 2022
  • Closing date 11 October 2022

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Assistant to work on the development of biosensors based on intein-mediated protein logic in cell-free systems. The post is funded by the UKRI associated with a Marie Sklodowska Curie Action Doctoral Network.  The specific role for this post is to develop biosensors using inteins to compute combinations of signals to enable more sophisticated response.  The biosensors will be deployed in cell-free systems in association with project partners in the consortium.

This is an excellent opportunity to work on a challenging research project at a leading academic institution, within an EU network, and develop multidisciplinary research and leadership skills. To comply with funding conditions, applicants must not have a PhD and must have fewer than 4 years research experience. At the time of selection, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or studies) in the UK for more than 12 months in the past three years. The successful candidate will be expected to register for PhD at Imperial College.

Duties and responsibilities

You will develop a bioinformatics pipeline for the identification of novel biosensor elements for antibacterial peptides.  The pipeline will incorporate various bioinformatics tools and protein structure prediction programmes to model the structure of response elements. Selected elements will be used to create novel biosensors to be implemented in cell-free systems.  Working with other members of the consortium, you will integrate these into biosensors for real-world applications.  As part of this, you will measure key characteristics such as signal-to-noise ratio, limit of detection and response time.

Essential requirements

The following essential knowledge, skills & experience are sought:

  • MRes, MSc, or equivalent in biological sciences, molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • Practical experience in a broad range of molecular biology techniques
  • Practical experience in bioinformatics and protein structure prediction programmes such as AlphaFold
  • Practical experience coding with open source platforms such as Python
  • Practical experience in microbiome research
  • Knowledge of cell-free protein synthesis systems.
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team

Further information

The contract will run for 36 months in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension thereafter. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Karen Polizzi (k.polizzi@imperial.ac.uk)

To apply, please click the “Apply now” button at the top of the page.  Candidates will need to complete an online application.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

 

Closing date: Midnight on Tuesday 11 October 2022

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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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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.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

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 reassignment, 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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