Research Associate

King's College London - Cardiovascular Division

The salary will be paid at Grade 6, Spine 31, £32,958 per annum, plus £2,623 per annum London Allowance.

This post will be on a Fixed Term Contract for 30 months. 

This is a Full-time position

This research project, in collaboration with Unilever R&D, offers a unique opportunity for an ambitious postdoctoral scientist to gain experience in industry with the support of both academic and company mentors. The project provides a platform for Unilever R&D to work with academics in the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at King’s College London to investigate the role of microcirculation in skin function. The Research Associate will be based at King’s College London but have the opportunity to interact with Unilever scientists at their R&D Centres to deliver the project.

As a Postdoctoral Associate on this project you will develop advanced techniques in human cell & molecular biology to evaluate endothelial cell signalling mechanisms and function in 3D co-culture models and establish new analytical techniques. In addition, you will need to interpret scientific publications, using these to build on project related scientific discoveries and identifying commercial relevance where appropriate. An enthusiasm for developing novel scientific models and an eagerness to tackle a range of research related challenges within Unilever are also essential for this post. The post provides an exceptional opportunity to work closely with a leading global company and one of the top UK cardiovascular centres.

This post is funded by Unilever plc. and will be predominantly based at the Waterloo Campus of King’s College London with an opportunity to perform specific aspects of the research at Unilever’s Colworth R&D Centre in Bedfordshire. The successful candidate should have either a 1st or 2:1 BSc and a PhD in a Biomedical Science related discipline. Postdoctoral experience in a relevant subject area is essential.

The post would suit someone with an industrial or academic laboratory background and applicants should also have experience of undertaking independent research projects, presenting their work to academic focussed audiences, and have experience in cell and molecular biology techniques and statistical methods. Personal attributes should include a high degree of motivation and an ability to work on their own initiative in a team environment. To succeed in this role, the candidate should have a strong bias for action, demonstrate excellent communication, planning and organisational skills along with the ability to learn, a pragmatic approach to dealing with issues and initiative in finding solutions.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Dr Richard Siow ( To apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London HireWire Job Board and register to download and submit the specified application form. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 6th November 2016.                                                                 

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