This is an excellent opportunity for seven highly-motivated Research Assistants to contribute to ground-breaking research with the potential to transform malaria control strategies and improve the health of communities in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Transmission Zero (https://www.transmissionzero.org/) is an international research programme with the mission to pioneer innovative genetic vector control tools for combatting malaria...
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- Reference NAT01575
- Date posted 10 November 2023
- Closing date 24 November 2023
This is an excellent opportunity for seven highly-motivated Research Assistants to contribute to ground-breaking research with the potential to transform malaria control strategies and improve the health of communities in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Transmission Zero (https://www.transmissionzero.org/) is an international research programme with the mission to pioneer innovative genetic vector control tools for combatting malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa.
We are seeking seven skilled individuals to join our team as Research Assistants. Successful candidates will play a crucial role in the discovery, development, and validation of CRISPR/Cas9-based gene drive systems aimed at modifying vector populations. These modifications are strategically designed to introduce transgenes that inhibit malaria transmission in wild Anopheles mosquito populations across Africa, aligning with global efforts to eliminate malaria.
Transmission Zero involves international partners and during its seven years of operation, the programme has already achieved several important milestones, including the creation of Africa's first genetically modified mosquito for vector population modification using gene drives. Over the next three years, our primary objectives include expanding our portfolio of gene drives and antimalarial effectors, refining existing tools, and progressing toward gene drive field trials.
The available posts encompass a range of exciting research objectives, which can be pursued individually or in combination. Please see Job Description to view the full range of objectives and the desirable expertise and experience we are looking for in candidates.
Duties and responsibilities
You will be responsible for designing and performing experiments to generate high-quality, publication-worthy data, contributing to the advancement of the scientific programme and timely achievement of its various milestones and deliverables.
You will actively participate in and organise various research support activities, including laboratory-related responsibilities and schedules.
You will attend relevant workshops and conferences to stay updated on advancements in the field, and create materials for oral and poster presentations, effectively communicating research outcomes.
You should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in biological sciences or related disciplines and have experience with statistical procedures. You should be able to develop and apply new concepts, techniques and methods, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills and write clearly and succinctly for publication.
The post is available full-time until 31st December 2026. The successful applicant will be based at the South Kensington campus of Imperial College London.
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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.
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