Research Associate in Randall Centre for Cell and Molecular Biophysics

Expiring today

London (Greater)
£38,304 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Friday, 14 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description
The main purpose of this role is to undertake high quality research into interrogating co-evolution between membrane control mechanisms and membranes and assist the PI in driving research in the lab. The research project involves a range of quantitative cell biology methodologies together with molecular biology approaches in the two species of fission yeasts, S. pombe and S. japonicus. 
The appointee should have extensive expertise in quantitative cell biology, including time-lapse fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, image processing and analyses (ideally in Python and Matlab), statistical analyses, dynamics modelling, flux balance analysis and optimisation problems. The appointee should be experienced in molecular biology and yeast molecular genetics methods, including molecular cloning, yeast husbandry, DNA, RNA and protein extraction and analyses.  
The appointee will contribute to the research profile of Randall Centre and the Oliferenko laboratory through high-impact, peer-reviewed publications. 
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


  • To engage in internationally leading research and to take a role in determining the future path of this research  
  • 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 laboratory and the department. 
  • Work as a conscientious and committed member of the team in order to achieve the aims of the projects. 
  • Facilitate collaboration and networking which engages and supports the activities of the Oliferenko group 
  • To contribute to the supervision of PhD and undergraduate students 
  • 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 research 
  • Contribute to publications arising from this research 
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be relevant to the role outline.

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 


  1. PhD in Biological Sciences or a related discipline awarded or near completion 
  2. Ability to initiate and maintain a high-quality research program in the specified scientific area 
  3. Major contribution to the design and execution of an experimental research program 
  4. Excellent communication skills 
  5. Extensive experience in quantitative cell biology approaches, including time-lapse fluorescence microscopy, image processing and analyses (ideally in Python and Matlab), statistical analyses, dynamics modelling, flux balance analysis and optimisation problems. 
  6. Expertise in yeast molecular genetics. 
  7. Expertise in molecular biology methods, including molecular cloning, DNA, RNA and protein extraction and analyses. 
  8. Good publication record, such as strong first author research paper or a preprint. 

Desirable criteria 

  1. Experience in flow cytometry 

*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. 
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