Research Associate

Department of Life Sciences

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £40,858 - £48,340
  • REF: NAT00852
  • Closes: 08th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full 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 Associates to join the Dionne laboratory within the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London’s South Kensington Campus. These position is funded by an Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust. 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 related to prior work from the lab, including Kierdorf et al. eLife 9: e51595 (2020), Pean et al. Nature Communications 8: 14642 (2017), Woodcock et al. Immunity 42: 133 (2015), and Clark et al. Cell 155: 435 (2013).

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 immune response and its interaction with physiology.

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in biological sciences or related disciplines.

You must have significant experience in the following areas:

  • Intravital microscopy
  • Flow cytometry
  • Drosophila genetics
  • Drosophila infection/immunity
  • In vivo 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 position is full-time and fixed-term, until 31st January 2023.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.

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

For technical queries during the application process, please contact

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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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  • 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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