Research Assistant/Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Bioengineering

Salary Range:
Research Assistant: £32,380 – £34,040 per annum
Research Associate: £36,800 – £44,220 per annum*
(Maximum salary on appointment will be £38,730 per annum)

Fixed-term appointment for up to 36 months

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate to work with Dr Amanda Foust (Bioengineering) and Professor Pier Luigi Dragotti (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) on a BBSRC-funded project in Neurotechnology. Our objective is to develop a new high-speed, high-throughput, three-dimensional imaging modality to track network-level neuronal activity in mammalian brain. This cross-disciplinary project will integrate fields of neurophysiology, optical engineering and signal and image processing. 

The successful candidate will build, test and optimise the new optical system in experimental models. This will include two-photon, holographic optogenetic neuron stimulation and simultaneous imaging with synthetic or genetically-encoded fluorescent calcium indicators.

They will work closely with Professor Dragotti to process and interpret image data. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or be very near completion, or equivalent) in neurosciences, physics, engineering or a related topic. Experience in neuronal functional imaging, voltage and/or calcium fluorescence is required.

The successful candidate will also have a good publication record, the ability to work well in teams and demonstrate an ability to work to tight deadlines. Preference will be given to candidates with a deep experimental background and to those with experience writing custom neurophysiology data acquisition/analysis software in Matlab, Python or other language.

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities, here:

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

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Foust at  Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not by accepted.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to and enter the job title or vacancy reference number into search bar. Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number ENG00212. Further information is also available on the job description.

Please ensure that you include your curriculum vitae and a list of your publications.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Jo Adam at

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