Research Associate

Job summary

The Department of Life Sciences was the top ranked university department in the UK for research intensity in Biological Sciences in REF2014 (Times Higher Education), scoring 100% on our environment.   Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join Professor van Thor’s Molecular Biophysics group in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. The aim of the project is to perform ultrafast spectroscopy measurements...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00926
  • Date posted 3 June 2021
  • Closing date 1 July 2021

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Life Sciences was the top ranked university department in the UK for research intensity in Biological Sciences in REF2014 (Times Higher Education), scoring 100% on our environment.

 

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join Professor van Thor’s Molecular Biophysics group in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. The aim of the project is to perform ultrafast spectroscopy measurements of photosynthesis using multi-pulse approaches. You will be involved in all experimental aspects of the project and will be responsible for configuring, executing and analysing femtosecond laser spectroscopy experiments.

Duties and responsibilities


  • To perform research work that fulfils the requirements of the grant objective

  • To write of the findings for publication in refereed journals

  • To contribute to producing independent and original research within the group

  • To interpret and present research data and results

  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times

  • To present findings to colleagues and at conferences.

  • To advise and assist other staff and students within the area of expertise

  • To contribute to writing bids for research grants

  • To take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research


 

Essential requirements

You must have:

 

  • Research Associate: Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science.
  • Research Assistant: Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science.
  • Experience of ultrafast laser spectroscopy
  • Experience non-linear optics
  • Experience with detector systems and electronics
  • Experience of data acquisition and analysis
  • Experience with LabView, Matlab, python

You must also be able to demonstrate:

  • A proven ability to write and develop scientific research publications
  • Ability to follow procedures described in the literature or developed locally in a skilled manner
  • Ability to learn new techniques in a precise and skilled manner
  • Ability to work in a safe manner with class 4 laser systems, and adhere to safety procedures and documentation
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and ability to deal with a wide range of people
  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication
  • A high level analytical capability and a creative approach to problem-solving
  • The ability to work independently and show initiative with research.
  • The ability to develop and apply new concepts
  • The ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines.

Further information

This is a full time, fixed term position available for up to 16 months, with the possibility of extension. You will be based at the South Kensington Campus. 

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum. 

For enquiries please contact J.J. van Thor, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and head of the ultrafast laser spectroscopy laboratory in the Department of Life Sciences, at j.vanthor@imperial.ac.uk.

 

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/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

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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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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
  • 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.

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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