Research Associate

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work within Dr Cecilia Johansson in the Respiratory Infection Section of the National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College London. You will work on an exciting project funded by the MRC to study the generation and functionality of tissue-resident T cells during respiratory viral infections. We are looking for an immunologist who is interested to explore what is regulating the...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02139
  • Date posted 18 November 2020
  • Closing date 16 December 2020

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work within Dr Cecilia Johansson in the Respiratory Infection Section of the National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College London. You will work on an exciting project funded by the MRC to study the generation and functionality of tissue-resident T cells during respiratory viral infections.

We are looking for an immunologist who is interested to explore what is regulating the generation, maintenance and functionality of lung resident T cells during viral infections such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza virus. This project will include transgenic and knockout mice models as well as precision cut lung slices from human lung tissue.

The purpose of the post is to find the optimal requirements for lung CD8+ Trm cells to be induced, harnessed and manipulated for generation of efficient memory responses to respiratory virus infections such as RSV and influenza.

Duties and responsibilities

You will develop and implement assays for studying immune responses especially the T cell responses in airways and lung from virus infected mice or human tissue slices, based on an existing strong ability in flow cytometry and microscopy.

Further duties will involve:

  • Design, plan and perform experimental work and other research activities.
  • Project management, supervision of students and technical staff.
  • Maintain an accurate record of all experimental work, analyse data, write reports and publications as well as present the work on meetings and conferences.
  • Be self-motivated, responsible, organised and efficiently manage time and experiments.
  • To take initiatives in the planning of research
  • To identify and develop suitable techniques, and apparatus, for the collection and analysis of data
  • To plan and conduct experiments using animal models, flow cytometry and other techniques with appropriate supervision
  • To conduct data analysis
  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
  • To maintain accurate, organised and complete records of all findings from experimental work

Essential requirements

You will have, or have recently submitted, a PhD in Immunology or in a related discipline, with a strong experience in murine models and techniques such as flow cytometry and microscopy.

Also, being a conscientious team-player, supporting other scientists and students in the lab, providing training and support where necessary and contributing to the safety and upkeep of the laboratory is essential.

Further information

The post is full-time and fixed-term for 3 years.

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

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Cecilia Johansson at c.johansson@imperial.ac.uk

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

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working 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/

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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.