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Research Assistant

King's College London - Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

Location: London
Salary: £28,717 to £32,676 including London Weighting Allowance. Grade 4-5
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Closes: 11th October 2021
Job Ref: 032106

Job description

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to work in the laboratory of Prof Houart, in the Centre of Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London. 

The role holder will provide technical support to a postdoctoral fellow driving her research on the secreted protein Dkk1 as a regulator of cell-cell interaction. 

Applicants should have an MSc in Biological Sciences and have a strong background in cell or developmental biology research. Experience in molecular biology is essential.

Candidates should be self-motivated, a team-player and be able to work on their own initiative. The candidate will benefit from state-of-the-art research facilities and the intellectual environment and interactive culture of the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology.

Key responsibilities

  • Perform molecular biology experiments on fixed embryos or cells, including in situ hybridisation, antibody staining, PCR, in vitro transcription, Western blot.
  • Perform high-resolution imaging on confocal microscope
  • Organise and maintain zebrafish lines, perform genetic crosses, collect zebrafish embryos.
  • Provide detailed records of data generated and associated analysis and ensure compliance with Home Office and local requirements for record keeping
  • Communicate regularly with the postdoctoral fellow directly supervising the post holder and with the rest of the lab. Presentation of data at lab meeting is encouraged.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • MSc in Biological Sciences or related discipline
  • Molecular biology research experience
  • Ability to trouble shoot laboratory problems
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently


  • Experience in zebrafish biology and/or cell and tissue culture
  • Training in confocal imaging


Prof. Corinne Houart:

Dr Marie Johansson: 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

There are number of areas where we are underrepresented at King's. We particularly encourage applications from those who are BAME and/or LGBTQ+ and/or have a disability.

King's is an inclusive and welcoming university. We embrace diversity and want everyone to be able to bring their whole selves to work and succeed. We promote flexible working as a key enabler of inclusion.


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