Research Assistant in the Tumour Immunology Group

London (Greater) (GB)
£35,366 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 9 May 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description
The Tumour Immunology Group at King’s College London ( have an opportunity for a Research Assistant to join their team. The post, which is a full-time fixed term contract for 3 years, will support the running of the lab and the execution of experiments in the group to support ongoing projects. The principle investigator is Dr James Arnold and the team broadly study the pro-tumoral functions of macrophages in the tumour microenvironment (Nature Communications, 2018), as well as approaches to therapeutically harness the anti-tumour immune response such as their recent work on hypoxia-sensing CAR T-cells (Cell Reports Medicine 2021). The Arnold lab are interested in developing/validating translational therapeutic approaches for the immunotherapy treatment of cancer and their research utilizes preclinical in vivo models of the disease.   
The successful candidate must have a research background relating to Oncology and/or Immunology. The candidate should be proficient in using murine models of cancer and would support the running of the colony. Previous experience in at least one or more of the procedures such as flow cytometry, mass cytometry, confocal microscopy and/or single cell RNAseq would be required. A track record of supporting research activities and co-authorship on publications will be highly regarded.
The post will be primarily based on the Guy’s Campus within the School of Cancer and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The candidate will work closely with the Principle Investigator Dr James Arnold and other members of the group. The candidate will more broadly benefit from the interdisciplinary research and academic networks at King’s College London.  
This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 3 years. This is a full time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • The successful applicant will be responsible for:  
  • Supporting the day to day running of the lab and mouse colony 
  • Conducting experiments, analysing data and presenting to the supervisor 
  • Supporting more junior members of the laboratory team 
  • Working towards meeting project milestone deadlines 

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 
The applicant must have: 
1.       A good track record of supporting/conducting research in a relevant area  
2.       Research experience in a Tumour and/or Immunology related lab/project 
3.       Experience using in vivo models relating to cancer 
4.       To be competent in flow cytometry and/or confocal microscopy  
Desirable criteria 
1.       To be a named author on publications in respected journals 
2.       Hold a UK Home Office Personal Licence  
3.       To hold a PhD in a relevant area 
*Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6. 
Further information
Interviews will be held remotely in mid-late May and will include a 10 minute presentation of a previous research project that the applicant has been part of.  
This post is subject to Occupational Health clearance.

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