Research Assistant

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in the Section of Paediatrics Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, at Imperial College London. The Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group at Imperial College London is an internationally recognised, leading research team focused on improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of severe and life-threatening infections in children. The group has made major contributions...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED00744
  • Date posted 31 August 2018
  • Closing date 28 September 2018

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in the Section of Paediatrics Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, at Imperial College London. The Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group at Imperial College London is an internationally recognised, leading research team focused on improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of severe and life-threatening infections in children. The group has made major contributions to a number of severe childhood infections including meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia, childhood tuberculosis, severe malaria and Kawasaki disease.

The successful candidate will take on a supporting role in the transcriptomic studies of the group, which aim to identify and validate promising new discriminators of bacterial and viral infection, tuberculosis and inflammatory diseases using RNA-sequencing. The work will involve the isolation of nucleic acid from large numbers of clinical samples for sequencing and molecular analysis, as well as management of these study samples. The findings will be taken forward to functionally evaluate the molecular and immunological mechanisms underlying infectious diseases with a view to dissecting host-pathogen interactions and evaluating potential biomarkers of infection/disease and immune protection.

Duties and responsibilities

This is a full-time, fixed-term post for one year, based at the St Mary’s Campus.
You will have responsibility for day-to-day running of laboratory aspects of our transcriptomic projects, including study sample collation from national and international partners, sample processing as well as sample data management. You will work closely with researchers, both nationally and internationally, with a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research. You will also be expected to take part in academic activities, including contributing to lab meetings and presentations.

Essential requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with strong research experience in biological sciences. You should hold a BSc/MSc in biological science or related discipline or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience. Relevant experience in molecular biology, as well as handling, storing and processing large numbers of clinical samples is essential. Excellent organisational and communication skills are required, and experience of collaborating with international scientific researchers is highly desirable. You will also have the ability to solve problems, and the ability to work both on your own initiative and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers.

Further information

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Victoria Wright at v.wright@imperial.ac.uk or Dr Sandra Newton s.newton@imperial.ac.uk

If you have queries regarding the recruitment process, please contact Daisy Alasya-Wade at d.alasya-wade@imperial.ac.uk

If you encounter any problems regarding the recruitment system, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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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.