Research Assistant/Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Bioengineering

Salary Range:

Research Assistant: £32,380 - £34,040 per annum

Research Associate: £36,800 – £44,220 per annum*

Full-time, fixed-term until 30 September 2020

The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London leads the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, with its staff coming from diverse academic disciplines, including all main branches of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine, to create a rich collaborative environment. Boasting state-of-the-art ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ laboratories, the Department’s space has been designed to promote greater interaction among researchers. Find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities, here:

Dr Huai-Ti Lin’s laboratory, based within the Department of Bioengineering, is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate. The post is funded by the BBSRC to investigate the neural encoding of aeroelasticity in insect wings. We use large flying insects such as the dragonfly as model systems to understand how sensory encoding of mechanosensory and proprioceptive information contributes to flight control. This work requires performing fine-scale electrophysiology on insect neurons, morphological analyses on mechanosensors and high-speed kinematics recordings of flying insects. The lab has the state-of-the-art ultra-light wireless neural telemetry system that enables monitoring sensory and motor signals from freely flying insects. Please see the lab website for additional information (

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in areas related to neuroscience, neurobiology, biomechanics or animal physiology. You should also demonstrate sufficient experience and expertise in fine-scale dissection and electrophysiology. Alternatively you should demonstrate abilities to take on such tasks. Scientific computing skills in Matlab, Python, or C++ are advantageous, but you do not need to be a software engineer. You need to demonstrate competency in analysing electrophysiology data. You should have excellent organisational skills and be able to work toward deadlines with minimal supervision. You will be highly motivated and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. You must be able to interact with other researchers and students in the group and provide mentorship whenever appropriate.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 to £34,040 per annum.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Lin at

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 EN20170320LE. Further information is also available on the job description.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Melanie Albright at

Closing Date: 13 October 2017

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