Research Associate

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join a team integrating AI approaches with Synthetic Biology for the expression and optimisation of biosynthetic pathways in non-model organisms. The post is within the group of Dr Jose Jimenez at the South Kensington Campus. We have established automated DNA assembly, which provides a modular framework for the automated building of microbial operons. This project seeks to integrate this...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00927
  • Date posted 2 June 2021
  • Closing date 30 June 2021

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join a team integrating AI approaches with Synthetic Biology for the expression and optimisation of biosynthetic pathways in non-model organisms. The post is within the group of Dr Jose Jimenez at the South Kensington Campus.

We have established automated DNA assembly, which provides a modular framework for the automated building of microbial operons. This project seeks to integrate this synthetic biology platform with AI approaches to navigate the biological design space of surfactants and siderophores identified in marine microorganisms. These activities will be conducted in collaboration with the Baldwin Lab, led by Professor Geoff Baldwin in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. This work will feed into the broader project SECRETed, which is sponsored by the EU H2020 programme. You will be highly motivated, with good teamwork skills and a knowledge of both computational and coding approaches alongside well-developed laboratory skills.

Duties and responsibilities


  • To take initiative in the planning of research

  • To programme and develop automation protocols required for the collection and analysis of data

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

  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings

  • To write reports for submission to research sponsors

  • To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats

  • To draft publications and prepare them for submission to refereed journals

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

  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary

  • To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider community

  • To promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and the College

Essential requirements


  • Research Associate: Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, which may include synthetic biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, biotechnology or systems biology.

  • Research Assistant: Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, which may include synthetic biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, biotechnology or systems biology.


You must be able to demonstrate the following:



  • Experience in synthetic biology approaches to DNA assembly

  • Experience in general molecular biology

  • Experience of quantitative characterisation of microbial systems


You must also possess the following skills:



  • Capacity to develop the skills required to become an independent researcher

  • Ability to develop quantitative methods, with careful attention to controls

  • Ability to develop and apply new concepts

  • Creative approach to problem-solving

  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people

  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication

Further information

This is a full-time, fixed term position until 31st May 2024.

*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.

Informal enquires can be made directly to Dr Jose Jimenez, Senior Lecturer in Synthetic Biology in the Department of Life Sciences, at j.jimenez@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/

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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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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
  • 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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