Research Assistant

University College London - UCL MRC Laboratory for Moelcular Cell

This post is supported by a Medical Research Council (MRC) programme grant to Professor Mark Marsh to work on cellular mechanisms of viral entry and assembly. The principal objective of the programme is to investigate the mechanisms used by viruses to invade and replicate in cells. The research group focuses on understanding (1) how enveloped viruses interact with cellular membranes, (2) how these interactions facilitate or restrict the transmission of viruses from cell to cell, and (3) how they impact on viral pathogenesis.

The post holder will be required to provide research support to the Marsh lab. The duties will include purchasing of research reagents, storage and record keeping for research reagents, supervision of the laboratory and associated facilities and equipment, instruction/induction of new group members, visitors and students, and maintenance of essential documentation including risk assessments. In addition, the post holder will be expected to carry out experiments under the direction of the group leader and on occasions other group members as directed by the group leader. The post holder must be willing to be trained to work in Biosafety Level 2/3 facilities. The techniques to be used will include tissue culture, isolation of primary cells from blood packs, molecular biology, SDS-PAGE/Western blotting, and some cell biology techniques including fluorescence microscopy and cell fractionation. On occasions, the post holder may be expected to work outside normal working hours, i.e. evenings or weekends, to complete experiments or assist in urgent work.

This post is available for 3 years in the first instance.

The post holder will have a good undergraduate degree and possibly postgraduate qualifications and/or appropriate experience of experimental laboratory research. While training in new techniques will be provided, the post holder will be expected to have experience with a number of key techniques for cell biological research. The post holder will maintain accurate and complete experimental records, and keep abreast of the relevant literature. The post holder will initially work under the direction of the group leader and/or other senior group members. The post holder will need good interpersonal and communication skills and should ensure s/he gains a sound understanding of the scientific principals underlying the project and specific experiments.

UCL vacancy reference: 1658892

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Ione Karney (

Closing Date: 22 August 2017

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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