Research Assistant - Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases

London (GB)
12 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Research Assistant (0.5)
Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases
Salary:   £33,567 to £38,533 per annum inclusive pro rata
Closing Date:   Sunday 14 January 2018
Interview Date:   To be confirmed 
Reference:  ITD-PMBD-23

We are recruiting a part time Research Assistant (0.5 FTE) with core molecular biological experience and ideally some entomological experience starting on February 1st 2018 for two years to work with Dr Matthew Yeo at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London.

This exciting opportunity aims to develop the transgenic tools (CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive) leading to insect vectors of medical importance (namely Sandflies and Triatomine bugs) refractory to their respective disease agents (Leishmania and Chagas disease respectively).  
The ideal candidate will have a MSc in a molecular biological subject with laboratory experience; MSc in a molecular biological subject with laboratory experience, ore molecular biological research experience. In particular plasmid design and construction, PCR, and sequencing techniques. Direct experience with CRISPR-Cas9 technology would be highly desirable. Some entomological experience, for example insect handling and rearing would also be of benefit. Other skills, for example, microinjection techniques, will be acquired in house but does require some knowledge of microscopy and manual dexterity. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.
Prospective candidates should have a genuine willingness to learn new techniques, contribute proactively to address technical challenges, and be able to work autonomously for full integration into the project. This exciting new field of research has the potential to offer new strategies for disease control for both Leishmania and Chagas Disease and alleviate an enormous burden of human suffering.
The post is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is available from 1st February 2018 until 31st January 2020. Salary is on the Academic Pathway Grade 5 from £33,567 to £38,533 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting).  
Applications should be made online via our website at  The closing date is Sunday 14th January 2018 and the reference for this post is ITD-PMBD-23.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm on the closing date.  Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to
The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria.  Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion.  The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered.  An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.
Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.  
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