Research Assistant

Department of Life Sciences

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK

Overview

  • Posted on: 09th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £36,694 - £39,888 (pro rata)
  • REF: NAT01032
  • Closes: 23rd November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Part Time

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.

We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant to join the Dionne laboratory within the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London’s South Kensington Campus. The Dionne laboratory works on the innate immune response to bacterial infection, with a particular focus on mechanisms of interaction between immune signals and the physiology of the host and on understanding how infection-induced physiological change contributes to pathology and immune function. We focus on Drosophila melanogaster as a model host, allowing us to use the unparalleled genetic and genomic tools available in the fruit fly to unravel the complex interaction between host and microbe in an unbiased fashion. This project is a continuation of work we have recently done exploring the genetic basis of host specialization.

Duties and responsibilities

• Acquire, analyse, and interpret research data and results
• To help train students and others associated with the lab in general scientific approaches and specific experimental techniques
• Contribute to the development of experimental techniques, models, and methods
• To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
• To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
• To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats
• To present findings to colleagues internally and at conferences
• To assist in the drafting of publications for submission to refereed journals

Essential requirements

You will have a strong interest in the innate antibacterial immune response and its interaction with host and microbial physiology.

You must hold a masters degree (or equivalent) in biological sciences or related disciplines.

You must have experience in the following areas:

  • Microbial genetics and experimental evolution
  • Drosophila genetics
  • Drosophila infection/immunity
  • Bacterial genomics
  • Host and pathogen physiological analysis
  • and/or advanced molecular biology

It is essential that you have:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication
  • The ability to develop and apply new concepts
  • A creative approach to problem-solving
  • The ability to prioritise and organise your own work with minimal supervision in response to deadlines.

Further information

This is a part-time (20 hours per week), fixed term position until 30 September 2023 and will be based at South Kensington Campus.

Informal enquiries can be made directly to Dr Marc Dionne, Reader in the Department of Life Sciences at m.dionne@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. /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.

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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