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Research Assistant

Department of Infectious Diseases

London, Guy's Campus


  • Posted on: 18th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £32,676 to £ 36,317, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 039805
  • Closes: 15th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

A joint UK-Indian MRC-DBT funded 12-month research assistant position is available immediately in the laboratories of Professor Stuart Neil and Dr Annapurna Vyakarnam. As part of a large collaborative grant between King’s College London and the St John’s Research Institute in Bangalore to characterize the basis of differential immunopathology of COVID-19 in South Asians in the UK or in India, we aim to study variation in innate immune responses and its relationship to the pathogenesis of variants of SARS CoV-2.

We are seeking a motivated and hard-working research assistant to join our team to assess innate immune responses in healthy and infected people recruited to the study. The candidate will work closely with a postdoctoral research associate to assay primary patient material. This will include in vitro immunological and virological experiments using live SARS CoV-2 as well as multiparameter flow cytometry, RNAseq and bioinformatic analyses.

The successful candidate will have a BSc (2(i) or equivalent) or MSc in biomedical science with an interest in infectious disease and a keen eye for detail. Excellent organization, record-keeping and presentational skills are important. Prior experience of laboratory-based biomedical research is essential. Experience with handling primary human cells, flow cytometry and other immunological-based assays will be a distinct advantage.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Day-to-day organization and performing of the experimentation related to the project under the supervision of a postdoctoral researcher
  • Record keeping and data analysis
  • Presenting data at internal lab and departmental seminars and at international scientific meetings.
  • Collegial responsibilities to the management of the laboratory as part of the team.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • A BSc (2(i)) or MSc or equivalent in a relevant biomedical science
  • Prior experience of laboratory-based biomedical research including cell culture and molecular biology techniques such as RT-qPCR and nucleic acid manipulation
  • Excellent communication and presentational skills

Desirable criteria

  • Experience with the culture and immunological analyses of human blood cells including by flow cytometry
  • Bioinformatics analyses of gene expression or proteomics datasets

Further information

At interview, candidates will be required to present a 30 minute summary of their previous research and meet with various member of the group and department throughout the day.

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