Research Associate in School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences, Vascular Biology

London (Greater)
£41,517 - £45,026, including London Weighting Allowance
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description
The King’s College London British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence is designed to nurture interdisciplinary collaborations and bench-to-bedside projects in cardiovascular research. The Faculty of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences is a core constituent of the BHF Centre where the cardiovascular proteomics group is led by Prof. Manuel Mayr. The proteomics research group ( has the latest mass spectrometry equipment, established computational infrastructure and high experience in proteomics and multi-omics research projects.  
The post holder will be working towards the research objectives of our Foundation Leducq consortium: and with the overall objectives of the cardiovascular proteomics research group headed by Prof. Mayr. We are looking for an experienced researcher with a biomedical background in cardiovascular science who will pursue collaborative research with the members of the proteomics unit with a project focus on atherosclerosis; providing predominantly expertise in cardiovascular disease and cell biology, therefore knowledge of molecular biology techniques is essential. Prof. Mayr’s team has a strong clinical-translational focus and state-of-the-art proteomics equipment dedicated to cardiovascular research. The topic is not more predefined other than that the candidate needs to have the ability to conduct excellent science and keen to take advantage of biomedical mass spectrometry data for their research. 
For examples, see the following PubMed IDs:   28319050,   34099652,   33340009,   29030347
This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 24 months 
This is a full-time post

Key responsibilities

  • Develop and undertake research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution in line Department/Division/School research strategy 
  • Develop and undertake research projects related to atherosclerosis
  • 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 group
  • Participate in educational activities as appropriate to the stage of your career
  • Participate in the supervision and mentoring of students with projects related to the applicant’s expertise
  • 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
  • Play a key role in the coordination of the design, testing and implementation of the range of qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments required in the evaluation of the study intervention
  • 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 awarded in Biological Sciences or PhD in Biological Sciences near completion  
2.       Molecular Biology skills 
3.       Knowledge in vascular biology and atherosclerosis 
4.       Experience in studying cardiac and vascular cell types 
5.       Experience in cell culture of primary cells and cell lines 
6.       Experience in isolation of primary cardiac/vascular cells 
7.       Experience in fluorescence and confocal microscopy 
8.       Experience in basic biochemical/cellular/molecular techniques 
9.       Able to interact effectively within a research team and excellent interpersonal skills 
10.   Excellent verbal and written communication skills evidenced by oral/poster conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications 
11.   Excellent organisational skills and ability to work under pressure and prioritise competing demands on time 
Desirable criteria 
1.       Knowledge in cardiac biology 
2.       Experience with in vitro and in vivo models of cardiovascular disease 
3.       Basic experience in –omics analysis 
* 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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