Research Assistant at Imperial College London

Imperial College London is offering postdoctoral associate position in molecular biology. Potential candidates should apply before January 01, 2020.

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant to join the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

We are seeking an excellent scientist to join our research on next-generation sequencing of poliovirus. You will work closely with Dr Alex Shaw who is leading the development of these techniques within the Vaccine Epidemiology Group (VERG), in addition to the National Institute of Biological Standards and Control (co-investigator Javier Martin) and with other members of the research group and the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

You will spend the majority of your time in the laboratory optimising protocols for preparation of sequencing libraries and developing novel approaches, although development of skills for the bioinformatic processing of the data will be encouraged. You will also have the opportunity to travel to two national polio labs in Asia and Africa to help with staff training and local testing of samples.

The post would be especially suited to an early career laboratory scientist looking to expand their repertoire of skills or to a clinician who wishes to gain laboratory experience. You will be expected to produce high quality research, contribute towards publications in scientific journals, attend and present at conferences and attend meetings with researchers and policy-makers relevant to the field.

Applicants should have a MSc or equivalent in a scientific, quantitative and/or laboratory-based biomedical subject and experience in standard laboratory methods for molecular biology and a keen interest in molecular biology and/or sequencing technologies. Knowledge of one or more statistical packages (R, Stata, SAS, etc.) is desirable.

This post is full time and fixed term until 30 September 2019 in the first instance and will be based at the St Mary's Campus, Paddington. Imperial College is supportive of flexible working. The College is happy to discuss the possibility of implementing such arrangements for this post, with suitably qualified people, subject to operational requirements.

Should you have any queries please contact: Professor Nick Grassly ( or Dr Alex Shaw (


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