Research Associate in Chemistry

Imperial College London Department of Chemistry

Job summary

In this position you will engineer dynamic DNA nanostructures to generate defined interactions between synthetic and biological cells, with the aim of controlling molecular transport between the cells via modulation of intermembrane distance and/or membrane fusion, towards controlled communication between synthetic and living cells. The position is aimed at outstanding scientists interested in developing skills in bottom-up synthetic biology,...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01243
  • Date posted 17 November 2022
  • Closing date 15 December 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location White City Campus - Hybrid
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £43,093 – £44,876 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemistry
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

In this position you will engineer dynamic DNA nanostructures to generate defined interactions between synthetic and biological cells, with the aim of controlling molecular transport between the cells via modulation of intermembrane distance and/or membrane fusion, towards controlled communication between synthetic and living cells.

The position is aimed at outstanding scientists interested in developing skills in bottom-up synthetic biology, with a focus on engineering i) complex lipid bilayer membranes and ii) dynamic DNA nanostructures. You will be working in a highly multidisciplinary team at the intersection between synthetic cell design, DNA nanotechnology and protein engineering.

Duties and responsibilities

In addition to direct research duties, you will undertake project management, take responsibility for day-to-day supervision of students working on associated projects, submit publications to refereed journals and contribute to attracting external research funding.

Essential requirements

    • Hold a PhD in DNA nanotechnology, biomembrane engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
    • Significant practical experience in DNA nanostructure design
    • Significant practical experience in membrane biophysics
    • Practical experience within a research environment
    • Experience of dealing with students and research sponsors
    • Practical experience in a range of research techniques (see job description for details)
    • Track record in developing scientific work for publication
    • Experience in communicating work to diverse audiencesu
    • Willingness to work flexibly, undertake necessary training and work as part of a dynamic team

Further information

This is a full time, fixed term position for 17 months. You will be based at White City Campus.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Oscar Ces - o.ces@imperial.ac.uk

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