Research Associate (2 posts)

Imperial College London - Life Sciences/ Natural Sciences

Campus: South Kensington SW7

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 looking to appoint multiple self-motivated Postdoctoral Research Associates to join the Dionne laboratory within the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London’s South Kensington Campus. These positions are funded by a recently-announced Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust. The Dionne laboratory works on the innate immune response to bacterial infection, with a particular focus on mechanisms of interaction between immune signals and the physiology of the host and on understanding how infection-induced physiological change contributes to pathology and immune function. We focus on Drosophila melanogaster as a model host, allowing us to use the unparalleled genetic and genomic tools available in the fruit fly to unravel the complex interaction between host and microbe in an unbiased fashion. This project is related to prior work from the lab, including Pean et al. Nature Communications 8: 14642 (2017), Woodcock et al. Immunity 42: 133 (2015), and Clark et al. Cell 155: 435 (2013).

The post holders will have a strong interest in the innate immune response and its interaction with physiology. You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in biological sciences or related disciplines. Significant experimental experience in immunology, physiology and/or Drophilia genetics is essential. You must have strong first-author publications (completed or in progress). Specific knowledge of literature in immunology (especially innate immunity) and physiological regulation would be highly desirable but not essential. Experimental expertise in intravital microscopy, flow Cytometry, Drosophila infection/immunity, in vivo physiological analysis, and/or advanced molecular biology as reflected in a strong history of published work would also be desirable.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. The ability to develop and apply new concepts, have a creative approach to problem-solving, be able to work independently, prioritise and organise your own work with minimal supervision, in response to deadlines are essential. Experience of directing small teams of students towards identified scientific ends is desirable.

Any candidate who has not been yet been awarded their PhD (thesis must be completed and submitted, viva should be scheduled), will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

These are full-time appointments fixed for up to 36 months in the first instance.

Closing date: 1 January 2018

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