Research Associate

University College London - UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,056 - £36,549 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

In 2014, UCL was awarded £10 million to develop better tools and imaging techniques that will improve the success of surgery and other therapies on unborn babies and infants in collaboration with KU Leuven, Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Hospital. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic researcher with skills in cell manipulation and gene editing to join a multidisciplinary team working across internationally leading university research groups. The candidate will develop prenatal treatments of severe and life-threatening disorders using gene and cellular therapy as well as tissue engineering, and will investigate the efficacy, safety and ethical issues of such treatments. The candidate will work under the primary supervision of Paolo De Coppi, Professor of Paediatric Surgery. Further supervision will be provided by Anna David, Professor of Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine. The post is available for 12 Months in the first instance.

The post holder must have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant area. Experience and Knowledge of the field of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering and experience in design and production of gene therapy vectors, cell culture, flow cytometry and molecular biology techniques. It would be an advantage if the candidate will be familiar with haematopoietic cell isolation, expansion and gene editing. Experience in both mouse and human cells would be advantageous. The candidate will be testing cells derived from mouse and human amniotic fluid and, after minimal manipulation, will be injecting the cells in vivo using various disease models. Injections will be carried out using innovative needles engineered through the Wellcome Trust GIFT-Surg grant, experience of fetal cell injection is not required.

UCL vacancy reference:1711157

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy please contact Paolo De Coppi, p.decoppi@ucl.ac.uk , +44(0)207 905 2393. If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Madhur Sharma on ich.hr@ucl.ac.uk quoting job reference number.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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