Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Life Sciences

South Kensington Campus

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.

A Research Associate position is available to join a group, led by Dr. Michalis Barkoulas in the Department of Life Sciences at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London.

The successful applicant will work on addressing fundamental questions related to the mechanisms of developmental robustness in animals and gene network evolution in closely related species. To this end, the post holder will use molecular genetics, developmental imaging and next-generation sequencing technologies. 

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Developmental Genetics or Evolutionary Systems Biology. A strong background in concepts and techniques related to developmental genetics with experience in molecular biology (i.e DNA/RNA work, CRISPR-genome editing, RNAi) and/or biochemistry (i.e protein work), developmental (i.e. genetics, advanced imaging) and computational biology approaches (RNAseq, whole genome sequencing) is essential. You must have experience in quantitative genetic approaches (QTL mapping). Previous experience in C. elegans genetics and techniques such as DNA microinjection and experience in advanced microscopy (confocal, time-lapse imaging) and familiarity with producing laboratory pipelines for next generation sequencing or imaging data analysis. A strong publication record is also essential.

You must be self-motivated with a flexible attitude towards work and have demonstrable record of producing work of excellent quality. You must be able to work independently and as part of a team, have the ability to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving.  You must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills to be involved in producing original research within the research interest of the group and submit publications to high impact journals. 

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

This is a full time, fixed term position for up to 8 months in the first instance with a possibility of extension subject to the availability of funding.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr. Michalis Barkoulas (m.barkoulas@imperial.ac.uk).

Our preferred method of application is online via our website http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment (please select "Job Search" then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NAT00040 including spaces into "Keywords").  Please complete and upload an application form as directed. 

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact DoLS Recruitment by email dols-recruitment@imperial.ac.uk to request an application form.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

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