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Laboratory Research Scientist

The Francis Crick Institute - Applied Biotechnology Laboratory

Location: London
Salary: £29,150 to £34,500 subject to skills and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd January 2023
Closes: 5th February 2023
Job Ref: R1066
 

Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Short summary

The Applied Biotechnology Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute seeks to invent new technologies that will accelerate biomedical research. We currently have a new project to predict the safety profile of specific small molecules using machine learning. We are seeking to recruit a machine learning researcher to assemble, from publicly available sources, a database that we can use to train predictive models. 

Project summary

The successful candidate will develop a data structure that can be used to predict the safety profile associated with a specific drug. The candidate will identify publicly available databases that may contain relevant information, will determine how to interact with those databases, and will then write code to extract information from those databases and to assemble it into a usable format for subsequent model building. The researcher will then be responsible for examining the database and characterizing the quality of the information contained therein, and for implementing various strategies to augment or improve the quality of the data. If time allows, the researcher will then build machine learning models, using the data structures, that will attempt to predict severe adverse events that would be associated with specific molecules. 

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, imaginative, open, dynamic and collegial, in addition to the following:

Essential:

Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • An undergraduate degree in machine learning, computer science, physics, or a related area.
  • A track record of outstanding research in machine learning, computer science, physics, or a related area.
  • Ambition, and a desire to achieve great things.
  • Strong skills in organizing and thorough record-keeping. 

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy. 

  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
  • The closing date for applications is 05.02.2023
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.
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