Research Associate

London (Greater)
£39,882 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
24 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Feb 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description
A postdoctoral Research Associate position in Molecular Biology is available for 12 months commencing on March 1, 2022, with the possibility of a 3 to 6 month extension. The Research Associate will work on a project investigating the role of the erythroid transcription factor GATA1 in regulating Ribosomal Protein genes in physiological human erythropoiesis and in Diamond-Blackfan Anemia. The post is funded in part by Action Medical Research. Suitable candidates must have experience in cell culture, molecular biology, protein analysis, gene editing and mouse genetics and ideally be in possession of an active Home Office Personal License. The post will also involve training and supervision of students and new research staff. The position is available within the Red Cell Haematology group, a highly dynamic research group working on molecular erythropoiesis, sickle cell disease pathogenesis and human genetics of fetal hemoglobin and red cell traits. 
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

  • To conduct original research on the molecular erythropoiesis  
  • To implement experimental assays in the Red Cell Haematology Group and to train Group members in these assays 
  • To contribute to drafting grant applications and research manuscripts 

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 degree in Molecular or Cellular Biology, or related field
2.       Relevant research experience in gene regulation 
3.       Hands-on experience in the assays required by the project, particularly gene editing 
4.       Experience with mouse genetics and an active Home Office Personal License 
5.       A good publication record  
Desirable criteria
1.       Student supervisory experience 
2.       Prior postdoctoral experience 
* 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
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview by a panel consisting of members of the Red Cell Haematology Group and KCL faculty.   

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