Postdoc Position at Imperial College London

A new opening postdoctoral associate position in molecular biology is available at Imperial College London, UK. This position is available for two years. Candidates are welcome before January 06, 2019.

Salary: 37,904 – 45,547 per annum

The Department of Life Sciences was the top ranked university department in the UK for research intensity in Biological Sciences in REF2014 Times Higher Education, scoring 100% on our environment.

A Research Associate position is available to join the laboratory of Professor Gloria Rudenko in the Department of Life Sciences based at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London.

The research programme investigates the molecular biology of African trypanosomes, particularly with regards to the epigenetic control of gene expression. Trypanosomes provide an experimentally amenable system for investigating transcriptional control in an early branching eukaryote. Trypanosomes are single-celled eukaryotes which are protected by a dense Variant Surface Glycoprotein (VSG) coat. Each trypanosome encodes hundreds of VSG coats, but only one VSG gene is transcribed at a time. The active VSG is located in one of about 15 telomeric VSG expression site transcription units. Trypanosomes can continuously switch between transcription of different VSG expression sites.

We would like to understand how this singular expression of one VSG gene at a time is controlled. How are VSG expression sites turned on and off, and how is their mono-allelic expression controlled? We would like to investigate the role of epigenetic mechanisms. These include chromatin structure, epigenetic marks and nuclear positioning. Expression sites are always telomeric. What is the role of genomic architecture? Hopefully the candidate will help us answer these questions and elucidate how these variant surface genes are controlled.

Additional information about our research programme is available on our lab website:

- To acquire and interpret research data and take initiative in the planning of research

- To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings

- To present findings to colleagues and at conferences

- Function independently as a research scientist with the ability to take initiative.

- Supervise the work of undergraduate and postgraduate students

- Draft publications and prepare them for submission to refereed journals.

- Undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology

- A PhD (or equivalent) in Molecular Biology

- Experience in investigating the mechanistic molecular biology of any experimental system.

- Interest in and preferably experience in investigating transcriptional control.

- Experience in a broad range of molecular biology techniques including: sterile cell culture and transfection, DNA cloning, Nucleic acid and protein analysis, PCR, qPCR, immunofluorescence microscopy,

- The ability to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving.

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

- An ability to organise your own work with minimal supervision.

Any candidate who has not been yet been awarded their PhD, will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range 33,380 – 35,061 per annum.

This is a full time, fixed term position for two years.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Gloria Rudenko via email at

Should you have any queries about the application process, contact Peggy Baker by email at and refer to the job reference number NAT00XX.


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