Postdoc Position at Imperial College London

Imperial College London, UK is inviting applicants to apply for a postdoctoral researcher position in composite materials. The deadline to apply is October 22, 2018.

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities, here:

The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline's three main areas: 1. Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health. 2. Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health. 3. Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines. We are seeking to employ a researcher for an initial 12-month contract to work in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology in the research group of Dr Tom Ellis. The selected researcher will join an internationally-regarded, vibrant team working on developing cutting-edge tools and for synthetic biology and applying these to bioengineering challenges in areas such as health, security and clean energy. The role available is for a research associate to work on creating living composite materials through a combination of bacterial synthetic biology methods and polymer chemistry approaches. The project builds upon the group's work developing synthetic biology tools to control microbes that produce nanocellulose materials, and aims to produce living composites that can react to cues in their environment. The project runs in collaboration with experts in materials and polymer chemistry at Imperial College London and is co-funded by UK and US funding agencies. The ideal candidate will be experienced with microbial synthetic biology but also have some background in chemical engineering or materials sciences.

You must have a PhD in life sciences, materials sciences, chemical engineering (or equivalent) for appointment at Research Associate level.

You will have previous experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals, and practical experience in culturing and cloning of microbes, aseptic techniques and in vitro DNA methods. Candidates who have relevant experience in biomaterial characterisation and chemical polymerisation are also desired. You will have: - PhD (or equivalent) in biotechnology, microbiology, biomaterials, polymer engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience - Practical experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals - Practical experience in a broad range of techniques including culturing and cloning of microbes, aseptic techniques, in vitro DNA methods - Knowledge of microbial synthetic biology, biological polymers - Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures - Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature - Ability to develop and apply new concepts - Creative approach to problem-solving - Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people - Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication - Ability to organise own work with minimal supervision - Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines - Advanced computer skills, including word-processing, spreadsheets and the Internet - Willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative - Flexible attitude towards work - Discipline and regard for confidentiality and security at all times - Willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role You will be: - Computer literate with a good knowledge of different computer programs with experience in data presentation and statistical analyses. *Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 33,380 to 35,061 per annum.


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