Research associate

London (Greater) (GB)
01 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2021
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

A postdoctoral research associate (RA) position in Bioengineering is available in the Habib lab ( The RA will utilise bioengineering approaches, biomaterials design and protein chemistry to target developmental signals (BMP and Wnt) for tissue engineering and studying stem cell biology.

The biomaterials will also be tested in vivo for tissue repair.  

This project will build on our recent progress in this area (Junyent 2020 PNAS, Okuchi Nature Materials 2021). You should hold or be working towards a PhD in a biological/bioengineering science, be highly motivated and have an interest in developmental signalling and regenerative medicine.


How to apply: In addition to your application, please submit your CV (maximum 2 sides of A4) and a covering letter.  In your covering letter (maximum one side of A4), please summarize your previous research experience(s) and explain how do you meet the criteria above. 


This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 1 years 

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


Key responsibilities


  • Develop and undertake research of high quality consistent with making an active contribution in line with the lab and department research strategies 
  • Purification of BMP & Wnt proteins
  • Developing BMP-biomaterials
  • Assist in data analysis and bioinformatics
  • Assist in gene cloning and genome editing
  • Working with mice as an animal model for research
  • Contribute to the general day-to-day running of the tissue culture and research laboratory, including preparation of communal media and solutions, maintenance of equipment and maintaining stocks of consumables 
  • Carry out individual research project with minimal supervision to an agreed timeline and within a specific budget 
  • Assist the department manager in ensuring compliance with Health and Safety regulations within the group including preparation of COSHH risk assessments 
  • Attend and, as appropriate, present research findings at internal meetings and external conferences
  • Facilitate collaboration and networking which engages and supports the activities of the Habib lab and the Centre as a whole
  • Contribute to publications arising from the research projects
  • From time to time, the post-holder may be required to perform other duties appropriate to the grade of the post within the department and division. 
  • To use a broad range of technical or practical skills and a well-developed working knowledge of technical or scientific practices and procedures acquired through on-the-job experience and/or vocational training
  • To provide colleagues with advice and guidance as required
  • To be responsive to changing priorities and an evolving environment/context, maximising the efficiency of the technical support being provided and resolving problems as they arise
  • To forge relationships with colleagues in the School, Faculty and university, in order to deliver the required support as well as to contribute to process development and the adoption of best practice
  • To foster a stimulating, innovative and inclusive cultural environment across the School enabling students and staff to thrive and develop, ensuring that processes and policies are visible, accessible and transparent
  • To provide advice and guidance and, where appropriate, training on university policies, processes and where required, source information and support for colleagues to facilitate their work
  • To participate in cross-School/ Faculty/ university projects and initiatives for up to 10% FTE
  • To actively engage in Continuing Professional Development and training initiatives, in line with the Technician Commitment.


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 or near completion 

  2. Experience in bioengineering and tissue engineering 

  3. Experience in working in Tissue Culture.  

  4. Experience in gene cloning/editing.  

  5. Experience in microscopy.  

  6. Experience in working with purified proteins and protein biochemistry  

    Desirable criteria

  7. Ability to handle animals for experimental work.  

  8. Experience in biomaterials. 

  9. Knowledge in stem cell research. 


[HR use only - delete if not a grade 6 Research Associate role] 

* 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


[HR use only – as indicated in the tables below} This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

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