Medicines for Malaria Research Technician

Imperial College London - Department of Life Sciences

Faculty of Natural 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.

We are seeking to recruit a skilled Research Technician working with Professor Jake Baum and members of the Baum laboratory within the Department of Life Sciences at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. The position, based in state-of-the-art laboratories within the Sir Alexander Fleming Building will support an ongoing drug discovery project in the Baum lab funded by the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), towards developing new classes of antimalarials targeting parasite transmission.

The post holder will work on a single core project screening Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes against prospective transmission-blocking drugs in an established 384-well microscopic high throughput screening assay. The post holder will work as part of a team under Professor Baum’s guidance and assist with user training and general running of the main Baum laboratory.

You must have a BSc (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or related subject. Proven experience in general tissue culture and microscopy, a sound knowledge of general cell and molecular biology and a thorough understanding of Health and Safety regulations and procedures, and experience of implementing these in a laboratory environment are essential. You must also have experience with procurement systems, stock control and service level agreements with proven experience in database management.  Experience of plate-based assay development, compound management and a background in tissue culture with the malaria parasite would be desirable.

You will be expected to demonstrate excellent general laboratory skills with rigorous attention to detail as well as exceptional organisational skills and excellent verbal and written communications skills. You must be able to deliver data to tight deadlines and to adapt to changing timelines to meet the expectation of funding partners. A willingness to participate in a weekend cell culture roster is also expected.

This position is available until the 31 December 2018, with a possibility of further extension subject to availability of funding

For informal enquiries about the post, please contact Professor Jake Baum (

If you have any queries, please contact Peggy Baker, Senior HR Administrator:  For technical queries during the application process, please contact

Closing date: Sunday 28 January 2018 (midnight GMT)

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