|Salary:||£41,593 to £49,210 per annum|
|Placed On:||21st December 2021|
|Closes:||31st January 2022|
Location: South Kensington Campus
A Research Associate post is available in the research group of Dr. Nikolai Windbichler (https://www.windbichlerlab.org/) working in collaboration with Dr. Angela Meccariello at Imperial College. Our joint research aims to build and improve gene drive systems, based on the use of CRISPR/Cas, as well as apply other genome editing technologies for genetic insect control.
We are looking for highly motivated individual and a team player who has previous experience with Drosophila genetics (or of other insects such as mosquitoes or medflies) and also a strong background in molecular/synthetic biology and is enthusiastic about entering the field of genetic control and gene drives. Some experience with genomics (e.g. RNAseq analysis) is a bonus but not essential.
You will help produce independent and original research as part of a team of researchers and technicians funded by the BBSRC and aimed at building and testing novel types of gene drives in the devastating global agricultural pest species Ceratitis capitata (the medfly) and other pests and also in the Drosophila melanogaster model.
You will design a range of synthetic DNA constructs and test their performance in transgenic insects. You will use genomics to develop tissue-specific drivers for novel gene drive strategies and identify targetable sequences in insect genomes. You will assess the suitability of such traits with regards to insect fitness and perform genetic analyses of transgenic insects to assess the propensity for the Super-mendelian transmission of such constructs on both the individual and population level. The project is part of a wider collaborative network and thus the role will involve a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research.
Duties and responsibilities
This is a full time, fixed term position based for 36 months, based at South Kensington Campus.
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant.
Should you require any further details on the role please contact: [Nikolai Windbichler] – [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Closing date: 31/01/2022
To apply, visit www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search by the job reference NAT01038.
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