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Research Associate in 3D Bioprinting and Device Engineering

Imperial College London – Department of Infectious Disease

Salary: £45,593 - £53,630 per annum*

Location: South Kensington campus

Job Summary

We are looking for a highly motivated Research Associate with practical experience in 3D bioprinting and device engineering to advance our 3D printing and transwell technologies for studying the gut microbiome. You will join our multi-disciplinary EPSRC project on building microbiome models being able to collaborate with team members and work in project partners labs, including time spent in the US. The work is incredibly timely (https://www.science.org/content/article/fda-no-longer-needs-require-animal-tests-human-drug-trials), and is a fantastic opportunity to join and set up a new group in the Department of Infectious Disease at the South Kensington Campus. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups; we are also happy to discuss potential applications informally (see contact details below).

Our research group–the Microbiome Printing Lab (https://mpl-group.github.io/)– focuses on building tractable gut microbiome models using 3D printing and flow systems. With this work, we hope to set a new standard for in vitro models of our gut microbiome, where we want to be able to image in real time the development of gut bacterial communities and host interactions (which is currently not possible when using mouse models). Our research group prioritises a healthy research culture, collaboration, and flexible work hours as needed. We are a friendly and inclusive research group that is actively involved in EDI and STEM initiatives at ICL. Moreover, we prioritise the career growth of our team members, who have access to ICL’s multi-award-winning Postdoc and Fellows development centre (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/postdoc-fellows-development-centre/).

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will develop/build new hardware and software for 3D printing technologies and transwell technologies to generate structed bacterial communities and co-culture of gut microbes and host cells.
  • You will be responsible for co-supervising Masters, and PhD projects and for teaching and training of junior/new group members.
  • You will be responsible for conceiving and implementing new project ideas and co-applying for future grants.
  • You will present findings at national and international conferences and disseminate research outputs (via publications and/or patents).
  • You will also contribute positively to equality, diversity, and inclusion within the research group and department, and to mental health and wellbeing within the research group.

Essential requirements

  • You should have or be near completion of a PhD with practical experience in 3D bioprinting, device building, coding, electronics.
  • You should be able to work as part of a collaborative team and help other colleagues when necessary.
  • You should be able to supervise and educate junior co-workers.
  • You should also be willing to learn new techniques and apply them in an interdisciplinary research environment, and be willing to play a key role in setting up and keeping the laboratory running by assuming a share of group responsibilities.

Further Information

This is a Fulltime, fixed term role based at South Kensington Campus. The contract will run for 36 months in the first instance with possibility to extend another year subject to research funding.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £40,694 - £43,888 per annum.

You will be based in the supportive Structural and Synthetic Biology Section (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/infectious-disease/research/structural-bio/) in the Department of Infectious Disease at South Kensington Campus. You will have access to start-of-the-art facilities both at South Kensington and White City, including the Facility for Imaging by Light Microscopy (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/facility-for-imaging-by-light-microscopy/) infrastructure in the London Biofoundry (http://www.synbicite.com/innovation/londondnafoundry/) and the hack space (https://imperialhackspace.com/). More information about staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and excellent professional development opportunities, can be found here (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/benefits/).

Informal enquires about the post can be made to Dr Ravinash Krishna Kumar (r.krishnakumar@imperial.ac.uk)

For technical issues when applying online please email sjobs@ic.ac.uk

To be considered candidates will need to complete an online application.

See recent works for more details:

20233D printing of microbial communities: a new platform for understanding and engineering the microbiome

  1. Krishna Kumar, K. R. Foster, Microb. Biotechnol. (2022); 00, 1-5 (https://doi.org/10.1111/1751-7915.14168)

          2021Droplet printing reveals the importance of micron-scale structure for bacterial ecology

  1. Krishna Kumar, et al, Nat. Commun. 2021, 12, 857. (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-20996-w)

2020 ­– Controlled packing and single-droplet resolution of 3D-printed functional synthetic tissues

  1. Alcinesio et al Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 2105. (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15953-y

Group website: (https://mpl-group.github.io/)

Closing date: 30/01/2024

Location: London
Salary: £45,593 to £53,630 per annum, plus benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th November 2023
Closes: 30th January 2024
Job Ref: MED04277
 
   
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