Research Associate

London (Greater)
£40,386 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
25 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
09 Jan 2023
Academic Discipline
Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

Applications are invited for a Research Associate post in Prof. Ulrike Eggert’s group in the Randall Centre for Cell and Molecular Biophysics within the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London. The Eggert group studies how lipids contribute to cell biological processes, especially those involving the cytoskeleton (e.g. Cell 2014Nature Reviews Molecular and Cell Biology 2020).  


The researcher working on this project will investigate how the properties of membranes impact their functions.  


This project, funded by the BBSRC, aims to understand how cells regulate membrane thickness and how this affects membrane-dependent processes, including those involving the cytoskeleton like cell division and movement. In collaboration with Prof. Stefan Howorka’s lab at UCL, we are developing sensors of membrane thickness, based on DNA nanotechnology. 


The researcher on this project will apply our successful prototypes to study membrane biology and will be involved in the development of new sensors, including organelle-specific versions. The Research Associate in this post will use techniques such as cell biology, imaging, biophysics and lipidomics. 


A PhD in a relevant discipline is required (or applicant to be near completion) and an excellent publication record and presentation skills are essential. Applicants with experience in membrane/lipid biology, the cytoskeleton and/or lipidomics are particularly welcome. 


Please contact Prof. Eggert ( for any informal discussions.


This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 34 months from the start date with the latest start date being 1st June 23. 

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 with the Division and Faculty research strategy.  

•        Manage specific pieces of activity to an agreed timeline 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 contribute to the internal and external visibility of the Division. 

•        Work as a conscientious and committed member of the team in order to achieve the aims of the project. 

•        Facilitate collaboration and networking which engages and supports the activities of the Eggert group. 

•        Participate in educational activities as appropriate to the stage of your career. 

•        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 a relevant subject (or close to PhD award) 

2.      Strong track record in a key subject area (membrane biology, lipid biology, chemical biology, cytoskeleton or similar) 

3.      Excellent skills in experimental research methods and project design and management 

4.      An enthusiasm for the research project  

5.      Good report/paper writing skills and ability to communicate findings verbally to a high standard  

6.      Ability to interact well with colleagues and work as part of a research team  

7.      Ability to work independently and act on own initiative, including to solve technical problems  

8.      Ability to acquire and apply quickly new technical skills appropriate to the project  

9.      Good time management and organisational skills  

10.    Knowledge of health and safety procedures  


Desirable criteria

11.  Experience in membrane biology 

12.  Experience working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams 

13.  Supervision and teaching of other researchers 


Further information

Candidates should include a cover letter with their motivation for applying to this post as well as a CV listing their experience and publications.  


The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview. 


For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Prof Ulrike Eggert -


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