Research Assistant or Associate

Job summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant or Associate with experience in genomics and metagenomics to join Dr. Nuno Faria’s research group at Imperial College London. This is an exciting opportunity to join an international, multidisciplinary team with members from across the UK and Brazil, to address critical questions in virus epidemiology and public health, and the development of virus genomic surveillance platforms....

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02787
  • Date posted 22 October 2021
  • Closing date 7 November 2021

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant or Associate with experience in genomics and metagenomics to join Dr. Nuno Faria’s research group at Imperial College London. This is an exciting opportunity to join an international, multidisciplinary team with members from across the UK and Brazil, to address critical questions in virus epidemiology and public health, and the development of virus genomic surveillance platforms.

You are expected to have expertise in SARS-CoV-2 sequencing and will contribute with the analysis of virus sequence data generated by the COSERGE Project (Unifying COVID-19 Genomics, Serology and Epidemiology in Brazil). COSERGE aims to improve understanding of the impact of variants of concern (VOC) and variants of interest (VOI) in the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil. Funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the project builds upon the Brazil-UK CADDE project’s research network (www.caddecentre.org).

Duties and responsibilities

You will help to coordinate the integration of serological, genomic and epidemiological data from across 8 cities in Brazil. You will also build a web platform for sharing data and results in real-time, analyse data, write publications, and develop statistical approaches to select samples for genomic sequencing. You will work with a team of statistical modellers to extend the team’s multi-strain statistical frameworks to computationally integrate information derived from genomic surveillance into epidemiological models.

Key objectives are as follows:

  • To supervise the generation of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data using CoG-UK pipelines
  • To analyse and monitor the emergence of variants of concern across Brazil
  • To develop novel analytical approaches in collaboration with colleagues that gain maximum insight from study data and contribute to designing new sequencing protocols
  • To apply computational, statistical and bioinformatics methodologies to epidemiological studies
  • To contribute to reports updating local and global public health institutions to guide decision making based on findings

Essential requirements

You should hold a PhD (for appointment to Research Associate) in one of the following areas: Infectious disease epidemiology, biomedicine, genetic epidemiology, molecular biology, or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.

For appointment to Research Assistant, you should have a first / master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

You must have research experience in infectious disease genomic epidemiology and real-time nanopore sequencing of viruses, as well as experience in communicating research findings to a specialist and non-specialist audience.

Further information

This role is offered on a full time, fixed term basis until 31 August 2022.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

Should you have any queries please contact: Dr Nuno Faria (n.faria@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.

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 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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