Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Bioengineering

Salary range: Research Associate: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum* (Maximum salary on appointment will be £38,730 per annum)

Full-time, fixed-term for 24 months

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. A leading department of biomedical engineering among UK Universities, the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London has consistently been awarded exceptional research ratings, including in the 2014 REF assessment, in which 95% of the Department’s returned research was judged world-leading and internationally excellent.  To find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and excellent professional development opportunities, please visit

The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and dynamic Research Associate to join the Imperial Centre for Synthetic Biology (IC-CSynB), on a fixed-term position. The appointee will provide theoretical modelling and design expertise within the centre. The work will be carried out as part of the research of the Stan and Ouldridge groups, and

The post holder will work closely with Drs Ouldridge and Stan, their research groups and other members of IC-CSynB. The appointee will explore the design principles of nucleic-acid based control architectures functioning in an environment of continuous component turnover and potential leak reactions. Subsequently, these findings will be used to develop functional RNA-based systems in vitro and in E. coli in close collaboration with the experimental research associate on the project, Wooli Bae.  

We seek a highly motivated individual to fill this post, in possession of a PhD (or equivalent) demonstrating expertise in the analysis of deterministic and/or stochastic dynamical systems. The ideal candidate would show the ability to investigate such systems both analytically and through numerical methods and/or simulation, and would previously have developed computational tools for the use of collaborators. In addition, experience in the modelling of biomolecular systems, knowledge of the principles of feedback control, and understanding of nucleic-acid-based nanotechnology would be beneficial. The post is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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

Informal enquires can be made directly to Dr Thomas Ouldridge at and Dr Guy-Bart Stan at

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at the following link: enter reference number ENG00125 into the job search bar). Please complete the application form as directed and clearly indicate which position you are applying for.

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

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