Postdoc Position in Molecular Biology at Imperial College London

Imperial College London, UK is inviting applicants to apply for a postdoctoral position in molecular biology. Candidates are welcome before December 18, 2018.

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.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join a world-leading and dynamic research team at the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus. Successful applicants will help produce independent and original research within part of a large team of postdocs and technicians within the Crisanti group at Imperial College that forms part of a larger, multi-disciplinary research consortium called Target Malaria. The Crisanti lab has pioneered the genetic transformation of the human malaria mosquito and it is now focused on projects aimed at creating gene drive systems based on the use of DNA endonucleases with the ultimate goal of malaria control by decreasing the reproductive potential of mosquito populations. The lab has achieved a number of notable successes in recent years and is at the frontier in the field of mosquito transgenesis, genome editing and gene drive.

An important, unique aspect of this role will be to provide molecular biology and genetics training to more junior members of a large laboratory, to assist in their professional development and to ensure the highest research standards are maintained in the laboratory.

The project is aimed at designing, building, and testing novel gene drives through the incorporation of three components: nucleases with improved activity; rational choice of new genetic targets to be affected by the gene drive; modulating and regulating gene drive expression in time and space

Taking initiatives in the planning of research Directing the work of small research teams including undergraduate and postgraduate students Identifying and developing suitable techniques, and apparatus, for the collection and analysis of data Conducting data analysis and ensuring the validity and reliability of data at all times Maintaining accurate and complete records of all findings A PhD (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or a related subject with a strong background in and understanding of molecular and cellular biology and genetics, evidenced by contributions to publications.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially 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 positions available until 31 January 2020, with the possibility of extension subject to the availability of funding.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Andrea Crisanti (via

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Peggy Baker, Senior HR Administrator, at

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