Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Life Sciences

Faculty of Natural Sciences

South Kensington Campus

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.

A Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr Marc Dionne within the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London’s South Kensington Campus. This is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded project focusing on the role of the immune system in promotion of physiological homeostasis.

The Dionne group works on the immune responses to bacterial infections and their physiological consequences, using Drosophila melanogaster as a model host. This work is performed in the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection, an internationally-renowned centre of research on bacterial disease. The successful candidate will help produce independent and original research within the Dionne group and submit publications to refereed journals. They will also help with training students and other postdoctoral fellows and with administration of the research group. This project would involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research, especially given the highly interdisciplinary nature of work in the lab.

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in the biological sciences and experience in biological sciences research that has resulted in first-author publications. You must have specific knowledge of literature in immunology (especially innate immunity) and physiological regulation and significant experimental experience in immunology and/or physiology as indicated by a strong history of publish work. Experimental expertise including some of the following areas: intravital microscopy, flow cytometry, Drosophila genetics, Drosophila infection/immunity, in vivo physiological analysis, advanced molecular biology are also essential. You must also have experience of directing small teams of students towards identified scientific ends.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. You must also be able to work as part of a team, be open-minded and to be cooperative. The ability to develop and apply new concepts, have a creative approach to problem-solving, be able work independently, prioritise and organise your own work with minimal supervision, in response to deadlines are essential.

This is a fixed-term, full time appointment for up to 12 months until 31 December 2017, with a possibility of extension subject to availability of funding.

Any candidate who has not been yet been awarded their PhD, will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum.

Scientific and informal queries can be directed to Dr Marc Dionne via email at

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Closing Date: 11 December 2016 (midnight GMT)

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