Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Life Science

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 seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join a world-leading research group at the intersection of synthetic biology, genomics and the area-wide genetic control of harmful insects. You will join the laboratory of Dr. Nikolai Windbichler, based at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London (

Our goal is to develop innovative genetic approaches for the control of vectors of human diseases such as Malaria or Zika or insect agricultural pests threatening food production. Our research involves the use of cutting-edge molecular biology and genetics to understand and ultimately control harmful insects and we often employ Drosophila as a testbed for particular concepts. One current focus is on the engineering of synthetic genetic elements causing sex-ratio distortion or exhibiting “gene drive” and hence allow to control insect populations. This involves the use of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing for the genetic manipulation of insects such as Anopheles gambiaeAedes albopictus or Ceratitis capitata. The successful candidate will design synthetic DNA constructs and test their performance in transgenic insects. The role will involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research as the project is part of a wider collaborative network.

We seek a highly motivated individual to fill this post, in possession of a PhD (or equivalent) in Biology or a related subject and a high level of expertise and skills in molecular biology and genetics. Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures, and practical experience within a research environment and/or publication in relevant and refereed journals are essential. Additionally, you must have demonstrable experience of working with fruit flies, mosquitoes or other insects. The ideal candidate will also have experience in CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing as well as familiarity with analysis of genomics data and proven experience of managing technical staff.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication are essential.  You must be a highly motivated individual, with the ability to develop and apply new concepts, and a creative and proactive approach to problem solving. You must be able to organise and prioritise your own work with minimal supervision and to independently drive forward your research project.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position available for up to two years.

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. 

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Nikolai Windbichler:        

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select "Job Search" then enter the job title or vacancy reference number including spaces NS 2016 230 PB into "Keywords").  Please complete and upload an application form as directed. 

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