Research Associate

Heriot-Watt University - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

£31,604 - £38,833

We are seeking a Research Associate to join our exciting multi-disciplinary group. Your role will be to support engineering research to deliver an exciting and ambitious programme. You will operate our custom-developed sample preparation microfluidic platforms and benchmark them against manual and automated commercial platforms. You will analyse the output materials using various molecular biology techniques including quantitative PCR, DNA measurement methods such as Nanodrop, Qbit and fragment analysis on Agilent Bioanalyser. Additionally, the group would like to analyse their results using sequencing workflows at partner organisations. You will be required to have an overview understanding on sequencing workflows and an experience of library preparation and be capable to be the interface between the bioengineering group and sequencing suppliers. Supporting various circulating nucleic acid projects, experimentally, intellectually as well as by taking leading roles, you will liaise with students and personnel in research groups in UK or abroad. In our Edinburgh lab, you will carry out regular instrument maintenance, stocking, student support and sample/data analysis. The role includes using and developing sample preparation assays for microfluidic integration. You may be required to participate to teaching and public engagement activities.

The candidate is expected to have a PhD in Biology or Bioengineering or a closely related discipline.

A proven ability to manage a laboratory, maintaining consumable stock and equipment while conducting molecular biology research is essential. Strong laboratory skills as well as experience working with blood sample preparation, quantitative PCR, and knowledge of sequencing workflow are essential. A track record of research publications is highly desirable. Excellent communication skills, enthusiasm and the ability to work well in a team are essential as the role involves active interactions with engineer scientists and biologists and clinical users. You will be expected to be proactive, ambitious and rigorous in your work as well as self-motivated and independent in your management of the technical lab.

The position is funded by Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and is a fixed term position for 24 months  with further funding already secured. The position is within the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, and based primarily at the Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh Campus. The successful candidate may be occasionally required to travel to international sites.

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