Research Associate in Cell Biology

Imperial College London - Department of Materials

Fixed Term appointment for up to 12 months with a possibility for further extension

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The Department of Materials and the Department of Bioengineering wishes to appoint a Research Associate in Cell Biology to investigate cellular responses to materials using an array of biochemical- and materials-based techniques. This post is based within the Biomaterials group at Imperial College London, working with Professor Molly Stevens and involves collaboration with a number of other internationally recognised stem cell and biomaterials research groups. The Stevens group has received numerous awards for outstanding biomaterials related research ( and comprises a very international and multidisciplinary group of Research Fellows and PhD students.

You will characterise (stem) cells interacting with innovative material substrates (i.e. micro- or nano-topographies, etc) and use comprehensive imaging techniques, biochemical- and materials-based assays for their characterisation. You will be expected to apply innovative material substrates towards the investigation of cellular response during culturing, maintaining cells as well as differentiating stem cell populations to elucidate the effects using state-of-the-art characterisation techniques. To view ongoing research in the group please visit You will be offered extensive opportunities for collaborative work, both within and external to Imperial College.

You will have a PhD (or equivalent), preferably in molecular biology, stem cell biology, biology, a bioengineering discipline or other relevant discipline, and have experience in cell characterisation, culturing and passaging as well as ideally some knowledge on material interactions with cells and associative biochemical and imaging characterisation methods. Excellent communication and organisational skills are necessary.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistants within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum

Further information can be obtained from Professor Molly Stevens,

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20160393LE. Further information is also available on the job description. 

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to: Mrs Darakshan Khan -

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