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Research Assistant at Imperial College London

Imperial College London is offering postdoc position. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applicants should apply before September 28, 2018.

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in the Section of Paediatrics Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, at Imperial College London. The Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group at Imperial College London is an internationally recognised, leading research team focused on improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of severe and life-threatening infections in children. The group has made major contributions to a number of severe childhood infections including meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia, childhood tuberculosis, severe malaria and Kawasaki disease.

The successful candidate will take on a supporting role in the transcriptomic studies of the group, which aim to identify and validate promising new discriminators of bacterial and viral infection, tuberculosis and inflammatory diseases using RNA-sequencing. The work will involve the isolation of nucleic acid from large numbers of clinical samples for sequencing and molecular analysis, as well as management of these study samples. The findings will be taken forward to functionally evaluate the molecular and immunological mechanisms underlying infectious diseases with a view to dissecting host-pathogen interactions and evaluating potential biomarkers of infection/disease and immune protection. This is a full-time, fixed-term post for one year, based at the St Mary's Campus.

You will have responsibility for day-to-day running of laboratory aspects of our transcriptomic projects, including study sample collation from national and international partners, sample processing as well as sample data management. You will work closely with researchers, both nationally and internationally, with a high degree of teamwork and interdisciplinary research. You will also be expected to take part in academic activities, including contributing to lab meetings and presentations. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with strong research experience in biological sciences. You should hold a BSc/MSc in biological science or related discipline or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience. Relevant experience in molecular biology, as well as handling, storing and processing large numbers of clinical samples is essential. Excellent organisational and communication skills are required, and experience of collaborating with international scientific researchers is highly desirable. You will also have the ability to solve problems, and the ability to work both on your own initiative and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Victoria Wright at v.wright@imperial.ac.uk or Dr Sandra Newton s.newton@imperial.ac.uk

If you have queries regarding the recruitment process, please contact Daisy Alasya-Wade at d.alasya-wade@imperial.ac.uk If you encounter any problems regarding the recruitment system, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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