Research Associate

Imperial College London

Job description
Job summary

In this position you will interfaceenzyme-containing biomaterials with droplet-based synthetic tissues using a microfluidic approach. This will unlock soft materials that facilitate catalytic routes impossible in current one-pot processes, leading to the application of synthetic tissues in industrial biocatalysis. 

The position is aimed at outstanding scientists interested in developing skills in bottom-up synthetic biology, biocatalysis and microfluidics. You will be working in a highly multidisciplinary, international team at the intersection between synthetic tissue design, catalytic biomaterial production, and microfluidics.

Duties and responsibilities

In addition to direct research duties, you will undertake project management, take responsibility for day-to-day supervision of students working on associated projects, submit publications to refereed journals and contribute to attracting external research funding.

Essential requirements

  • Hold a PhD in biomembrane engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • Significant practical experience in membrane biophysics and droplet-based materials
  • Significant practical experience in microfluidics
  • Significant practical experience with a broad range of techniques including light microscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging, x-ray diffraction and gel electrophoresis
  • Practical experience within a research environment
  • Experience of dealing with students and research sponsors
  • Practical experience in a range of research techniques (see job description for details)
  • Track record in developing scientific work for publication
  • Experience in communicating work to diverse audiences
  • Willingness to work flexibly, undertake necessary training and work as part of a dynamic team

Further information

This is a full time, fixed term position for 12 months. You will be based at White City Campus. It is estimated that as part of this position you will spend 2-3 months at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 – £41,388 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Oscar Ces – [email protected]

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