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Research Assistant

London (Greater) (GB)
£37,332-£42,099 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Job Type
Research Related, Research Assistants / Officers
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

About Us

King’s College London is an internationally renowned university delivering exceptional education and world-leading research. The university is dedicated to driving positive and sustainable change in society and realising our vision of making the world a better place.  Through its commitment to exceptional education, impactful research and genuine service to society, King’s College London is creating positive change in its communities, both in London and on the world stage. The Strategic Vision 2029 looks forward to King’s College London’s 200th anniversary in 2029 and sets out ambitious plans in five key areas:

  • Educating the next generation of change-makers;
  • Challenging ideas and driving change through research;
  • Giving back to society through meaningful service;
  • Working with our local communities in London;
  • Fostering global citizens with an international perspective.

About the role

The Research Assistant will be responsible for processing biological specimens collected from participants recruited to the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust site of a two centre clinical study involving older patients undergoing elective colorectal cancer surgery (with or without subsequent systemic anti-cancer treatment), with specimens collected before and at multiple timepoints postoperatively. The study is part of a global initiative in experimental and translational medicine to accelerate interventions to prevent and treat loss of resilience amongst older people.

You will be responsible for the preparation of stool specimens for further analysis using state of the art metagenomic sequencing. This will allow assessment of the resilience of the gut microbiome to the stressor effects of surgery and chemotherapy. You will also be responsible for preparation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, serum, and plasma. This role will offer the opportunity for further training and development in assessment of senescence markers in adipose and muscle tissue, working with teams across multiple schools.

This post is expected to offer enhanced career development opportunities through development and testing of their own research questions and training in statistical analysis.

This is a full time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract for 18 months from the date of commencement of employment.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience: 

Essential criteria

  1. Undergraduate degree (e.g., BSc) in biological or biomedical subject
  2. Previous laboratory experience handling biological specimens
  3. Strong attention to detail and able to follow protocols carefully
  4. Ability to communicate effectively at all levels in a complex multi-disciplinary environment
  5. Ability to meet competing and demanding deadlines
  6. Ability to work in a team and liaise effectively with all members of staff
  7. Ability to think critically to solve problems

Desirable criteria

  1. Masters degree qualification in biological or biomedical subject
  2. Previous experience in ageing research
  3. Previous experience in microbiome research
  4. Previous experience in data science and handling large datasets

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK. Please note this is dependent on the salary offered which is based on your experience and will be discussed at the offer stage.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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