Postdoc Position at Imperial College London

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral associate position in molecular biology to join Imperial College London. Applicants should apply before November 19, 2018.

Imperial College London is the UK's only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

The position is within the Molecular Virology division at St Mary's Campus, which undertakes diverse research into viral structural and molecular biology, mechanisms of viral pathology and genetic predisposition to infection, through to clinical models and human diseases. The successful candidate will additionally have the opportunity to work with our network of collaborators throughout the UK and worldwide.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It's our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society - and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

The research programme in virology and chronobiology is led by Dr Rachel Edgar and focuses on the interaction between viruses (e.g. herpesviruses, influenza A, RSV) and host circadian rhythms. Our recent work has shown that both viral replication in cells and disease progression in mice depends upon the time of infection (Edgar et al., 2016 PNAS). Additionally, infection is more severe in mouse models where the circadian clock has been disrupted (arrhythmic Bmal1-/- mutants). Our goal is to understand how 24h rhythms in host cell physiology and antiviral responses affect viral replication, dissemination and pathogenesis.

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The candidate will undertake the research programme detailed above and perform research duties as detailed in the job description.

Applicants should have a PhD in virology, chronobiology or a related discipline, and a strong track record of scientific achievement. We will prioritise applicants with relevant molecular biology experience and practical knowledge of animal models, viral pathogenesis and circadian rhythms. Applicants must be able to plan, prioritise and conduct their own research, and be willing to work outside of normal working hours as circadian research demands

The post is full time and fixed term until 10th December 2020, with possibility of extension until 10th December 2022.


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