Opening For Research Associate Imperial College London

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Opening For Research Associate Imperial College London

Imperial College London -Department of Life Sciences
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Salary scale: £32,750 to £41,540 per annum
Starting salary up to £33,590
We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to study emergent network properties in antibiotic drug resistance, in the group of Dr Mark Isalan at the South Kensington Campus. The project is supported by the Wellcome Trust and involves constructing synthetic reporter gene networks in E. coli, and using a microfluidics/time lapse microscopy system (commercial platform) to quantify changing gene expression under changing media and growth conditions. The successful candidate will work alongside a computational modeller to help develop a quantitative systems model of how epigenetic selection affects gene expression, in the context of the development of antibiotic drug resistance. Suggested reading: Mol. Syst. Biol. 7, 493 (2011). DOI: 10.1038/msb.2011.24
You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) or be in the process of being awarded a PhD in a relevant discipline, which may include biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, biotechnology or systems biology. You must also have proven experience in molecular biology or microbiology, including cloning and microscopy skills. An ability to develop quantitative methods, with careful attention to controls, is essential. It is essential to have a strong publication record and a capacity to develop the skills required to become an independent researcher. Experience in systems biology (developing network models or collaborating and communicating with computational modellers) is essential. Experience or an interest in the computational modelling of genetic networks, as well as experience with microfluidics would be desirable.
The post holder will have the ability to organise and prioritise your work, be self-motivated and be committed to meeting deadlines. You must be able to work as part of a team, have the ability to develop and apply new concepts, and have a creative approach to problem-solving. You will also have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. You will be expected to travel occasionally within the United Kingdom and abroad to conduct research, attend conferences, workshops and other meetings.
This is a full time post available for 24 months in the first instance.
For informal enquiries please contact Dr Mark Isalan ( )
For more information on the group’s research interests please see their website
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