Research Associate in the Department of Physics

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£38,304 per annum including London Weighting Allowance
Friday, 14 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced researcher, holding a PhD in Cell biology, biophysics or related disciplines that has experience and is interested in different aspects of cellular mechanobiology. The candidate will work with optical microscopy (confocal and super-resolution) combined with different mechanical techniques (AFM, Magnetic Tweezers, substrate stiffness, cell stretching devices, microfluidics, optogenetics) to understand how mechanical forces from the extracellular matrix propagate inside the cell to reach the cell nucleus.   

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 12 months 

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Develop high quality research in the field of cellular mechanobiology
  • Contribute to publications arising from this project
  • Contribute fully to developing and enhancing the research profile of the Department, Faculty, and University, including establishing a track record of high quality publications
  • Use new research techniques and methods
  • Identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio

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 

  • Hold a PhD in Cell Biology, Biophysics or equivalent
  • Experience in different aspects of cell culture, including transfection, stable cell lines, etc.
  • Experience in light (especially confocal) microscopy
  • Experience in cell mechanics and mechanobiology (AFM, tweezers, substrate stiffness…)
  • Experience in CRISPR-CAS9
  • Experience in student supervision
  • Experience in grant writing and project design

Desirable criteria

  • Experience with instrument development
  • Programming skills

*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.