Research Associate

Job summary

A 1-year postdoctoral position is available at the Institute of Clinical Sciences (ICS) at Imperial College to work in the Host-Microbe Co-metabolism Group headed by Dr Filipe Cabreiro. We are located on the Hammersmith Hospital Campus in West London (W12). The Institute has first-class facilities and provides investigators from clinical and basic science backgrounds with the opportunity to pursue innovative, multidisciplinary research within...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01362
  • Date posted 11 July 2019
  • Closing date 25 July 2019

Job description

Job summary

A 1-year postdoctoral position is available at the Institute of Clinical Sciences (ICS) at Imperial College to work in the Host-Microbe Co-metabolism Group headed by Dr Filipe Cabreiro. We are located on the Hammersmith Hospital Campus in West London (W12). The Institute has first-class facilities and provides investigators from clinical and basic science backgrounds with the opportunity to pursue innovative, multidisciplinary research within the excellence of Imperial College.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative postdoctoral scientist to join a diverse research team that works at the intersection of organismal biology, metabolism, pharmacology and the Microbiota. Recent technologies and questions we have tackled include:

  • We have developed a 3-way Host-microbe-Drug and a 4-way Host-Microbe drug-nutrient (Pryor et al., in Revision Cell) screening approach to investigate how drugs and nutrients impact host health.
  • What are the metabolic pathways in bacteria that mediate the efficacy of fluoropyrimidine cancer therapy (Scott et al., 2017 Cell)?
  • How does the anti-diabetic drug metformin metabolically rewire coli to increase host lifespan (Cabreiro et al, Cell 2013).
  • How does the genetic landscape of an organism influence interventions for lifespan extension (Burnett, Valentini, Cabreiro et al, Nature 2011)?

Duties and responsibilities

You will aim to make a major contribution to our ongoing research program and, in addition, develop and carry out your own line of research within the group’s areas of interest and expertise. Currently, we are interested with how the microbial communities regulate host health and disease.

 

Essential requirements

You must have a strong publication record, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a track record of addressing scientific problems in an innovative, creative, thoughtful and systematic manner. You should have an experimental background and should have substantive experience in molecular techniques and microbiology. Candidates keen to mix wet and dry lab computational work are particularly encouraged to apply. Whatever your background, a keen interest in metabolism and the role of the microbiota is necessary.

Further information

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £34,397- £37,486 per annum.

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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

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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.

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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.

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  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
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  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

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