Research Associate

Job summary

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join a world-leading and dynamic research team at the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. The successful candidate will contribute to a joint research effort by the laboratories of Dr. Nikolai Windbichler (https://www.windbichlerlab.org/) and Prof. George Christophides (http://www.vigilab.org/ ) based at Imperial’s South Kensington Campus. The project is at the...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00928
  • Date posted 17 June 2021
  • Closing date 9 July 2021

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join a world-leading and dynamic research team at the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. The successful candidate will contribute to a joint research effort by the laboratories of Dr. Nikolai Windbichler (https://www.windbichlerlab.org/) and Prof. George Christophides (http://www.vigilab.org/ ) based at Imperial’s South Kensington Campus. The project is at the intersection of synthetic biology, vector biology and parasitology, and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The goal of the project is to develop new and innovative genetic approaches for the control of mosquito vectors of malaria, contributing to the global effort for malaria elimination. In particular, the successful candidate will help develop a novel type of CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive technology that facilitates the spread of transgenes into wild Anopheles gambiae mosquito populations. These transgenes will be designed to prevent mosquitoes from transmitting the deadly malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum to humans. The project is part of a wider collaborative network, thus the role will involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research.

You must be a highly motivated, innovative and creative individual with demonstrable ability to develop and apply new concepts, and a proactive approach to problem solving. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and proven ability to write clearly and succinctly for high profile publications are also essential. The successful candidate must be able to organise and prioritise their own work with minimal supervision and to independently drive forward their research project.

Duties and responsibilities


  • To perform experiments and to produce data to analyse the genetics of gene drive constructs and antimalarial transgenes

  • To identify and develop suitable techniques, models and methods, for the collection and analysis of data

  • To take initiatives in the planning of research and appropriate experiments

  • To prioritise tasks within agreed work schedule

  • To participate in and organise duties associated with research support, including various laboratory-related rotas

  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all experiments and findings

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

  • To direct the work of small research teams including undergraduate and postgraduate students


 


Other responsibilities



  • To undertake appropriate administration tasks

  • To assist laboratory members with data analysis

  • To undertake limited teaching and practical instruction duties

  • To attend relevant meetings

Essential requirements


  • Research Associate: Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or a related scientific discipline

  • Research Assistant: Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or a related scientific discipline

  • Demonstrable experience of working with either mosquitoes, Drosophila or Plasmodium

  • High level of expertise and skills in molecular/synthetic biology

  • A successful track record of academic publications commensurate with experience

  • Practical experience of working within a highly competitive research environment

  • Good knowledge of insect genetics and transgenesis

Further information

This is a full-time, fixed term position until 31 May 2023.

*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 Nikolai Windbichler - n.windbichler@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.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research

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

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.

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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