Research Associate

Imperial College London - Molecular Medicine

National Heart and Lung Institute

Campus: South Kensington

We would like to appoint a highly motivated, enthusiastic and adaptable Research Associate to work in Molecular Medicine within the National Heart and Lung Institute at the South Kensington campus.

A position is available in the group of Dr Birgit Leitinger on a project funded by the BBSRC. The research project will be examining the role of a cytosolic region in controlling the kinase activity of the receptor tyrosine kinase DDR1. Dr Birgit Leitinger’s group is studying the activation mechanism of the discoidin domain receptors, DDR1 and DDR2, which are activated by collagens (please visit for more information). You will be using biochemical, cell biological and molecular biology techniques, and conduct in vitro kinase assays as well as cell-based signalling analyses. The project is in collaboration with Professor Erhard Hohenester, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College, and may involve structural studies.

You will take the initiative in planning and executing experiments to advance the research project, and communicate your findings in oral and written formats. You will also assist with the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

You will have a PhD in Biochemistry or a related subject and experience in an internationally competitive environment. You will have experience in molecular biology, biochemical assays, mammalian cell culture, and an interest in cell signalling and kinase regulation. Familiarity with protein purification and cell imaging is not required but would be a distinct advantage.

This position is full time and fixed term until 30 April 2021

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