Research Associate

London (Greater) (GB)
£38,304 - £41,517 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

This position is for a talented and enthusiastic postdoctoral molecular/cell biologist or physiologist to work on a BHF Programme Grant on Redox-regulated adaptive pathways in heart failure. The project will involve the use of iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes and “engineered heart muscle (EHM)” as model systems to investigate biological mechanisms. We therefore seek to appoint an individual with a strong background in cell and molecular biology (rather than tissue engineering), e.g.cloning, viral transduction, CrispR/Cas9 approaches, immunoblotting, microscopy of tissue sections. Previous experience with iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes or EHM is highly desirable. Experience with muscle force measurements and/or the use of in vivo models of disease would be helpful.

The postholder will be part of a multi-disciplinary research grouping working on several different aspects of cardiovascular pathophysiology, with access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities within the King’s BHF Centre of Research Excellence.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop and undertake research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution in line Department/Division/School research strategy
  • Manage specific pieces of activity to an agreed timeline and within a specific budget including literature reviews, data collection and analysis, report writing.
  • Attend and, as appropriate, present research findings and papers at internal academic meetings and external professional conferences, and to contribute to the internal and external visibility of the department.
  • Work as a conscientious and committed member of the team in order to achieve the aims of the projects and the primary care group.
  • Facilitate collaboration and networking which engages and supports the activities of the project
  • Participate in educational activities as appropriate to the stage of your career.
  • To be committed to your own personal career development.
  • Liaise with the administrative team for the support of the project
  • Contribute to publications arising from this project
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be relevant to the role outline.

Communication & Networking:

  • Deal with routine communication using a range of media
  • Communicate complex information orally and in writing
  • Communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature
  • Liaise with colleagues and students
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
  • Join external networks to share information and identify potential sources of funds

Decision Making, Planning and Problem Solving:

  • Use new research techniques and methods
  • Identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio
  • Contribute to collaborative decision making with colleagues in area of research

Service Delivery:

  • Respond to requests for information in accordance with College policies
  • Provide advice with respect to own areas of expertise
  • Set the standards of service and ensure overall quality is maintained

Analysis & Research:

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with the assistance of a mentor
  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • Write up research work for publication
  • Maintain knowledge, expertise and awareness of relevant research literature by self-directed enquiry and continuing education
  • Translate knowledge of advances in the area of expertise into research activity
  • Analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes

Teamwork, Teaching & Learning Support:

  • Work with colleagues on joint projects as required
  • Collaborate with academic colleagues on areas of shared research interest
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings
  • Contribution to the supervision or training of more junior staff and students as necessary
  • Contribution to laboratory maintenance and administration.

Pastoral Care:

  • Show consideration to others

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • PhD in a relevant biological sciences project
  • Strong background in cell/molecular biology
  • Good written presentation skills, communication skills (written & verbal), and good IT skills
  • Broad molecular biology research experience (e.g. cloning, RT-PCR)
  • Broad cell biology experience, e.g. immunoblotting, primary cell culture, confocal microscopy, immunofluorescence
  • Successful completion of research projects (published papers in high Impact Factor journals)
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently, as well as willing and able to work as part of a team
  • Commitment to continuing personal and professional development,
  • Able to carry out know/learnt techniques unsupervised, and flexible/able to change in current professional context
  • Able to plan and prioritise workload and keep clear and well-organised laboratory notes and records

Desirable criteria

  • Background in cardiovascular biology
  • Experience of working with iPS-derived cardiomyocytes or engineered heart muscle
  • Experience of working with in-vivo models of disease or gene-modification

This advertisement does meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office regulations and therefore the university will be able to offer sponsorship for this role.

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