Postdoctoral Research Associate job at KINGS COLLEGE LONDON


job description

We are looking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to join the laboratory of Professor Leonie Taams at King’s College London.

As a successful candidate, you will join a large collaborative project funded by the Wellcome Trust to study drivers of persistent pain in inflammatory arthritis, also involving the laboratory of Dr Franziska Denk at King’s College London as well as the University of ‘Oxford. You will work on the human biology component of this translational research program, studying fibroblast-neuron interactions in situ using human tissue samples and in vitro using fibroblast cell lines and derived neuron cells of iPSc.

You should have a solid grounding in human immunobiology, ideally in the context of inflammatory diseases. Previous experience in stromal cell biology and/or iPSc-derived cell lines would be a definite advantage. Demonstrable experience in flow cytometry and human cell culture is essential; knowledge of immunostaining and protein/cytokine detection would be highly desirable. A proactive attitude, excellent data analysis and record keeping skills as well as strong interpersonal, communication and time management skills are essential.

Our team is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive research environment. If you are part of a community that has historically been underrepresented in academic laboratory science, we encourage you to apply.

This role is also open to international applicants. Our grant will cover part of the visa and international health costs that will be incurred.

This position will be offered on a 3-year CDD, with the possibility of extension.

This is a full-time position – 100% full-time equivalent

Main responsibilities

  • Proactively design and conduct high quality laboratory research and data analysis related to project objectives
  • Keep meticulous and permanent records of your work
  • Liaise constructively and reliably with other members of the project team and the laboratory
  • Actively participate in and contribute to project and lab meetings, as well as the preparation and delivery of presentations and publications
  • Be actively involved in the supervision and training of UG, MSc and PhD students, and clinical fellows involved in laboratory projects within the group/team
  • Undertake any other reasonable task relevant to the laboratory, including general laboratory duties, database management, health and safety training and implementation, internal and external audits, commissioning of reagents and maintenance of common equipment and facilities.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected within the scope and classification of the post.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

  1. Completed or nearly completed PhD in a relevant field
  2. Strong theoretical knowledge in immunology and biology of inflammation
  3. Demonstrable and significant experience in human cell culture and functional testing
  4. Demonstrable experience in multiparameter flow cytometry
  5. Demonstrable experience in the preparation and presentation of scientific research in the form of manuscripts, posters and oral presentations
  6. Demonstrable ability to plan and execute your own work with enthusiasm and commitment
  7. Excellent data analysis, record keeping and time management skills
  8. A proactive attitude to get the best out of yourself and your team
  9. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, allowing you to work within our friendly and welcoming team
  10. Ability to work flexible hours as needed to process valuable patient samples

Desirable criteria

  1. Previous experience in stromal cell biology or iPSc-derived cell lines
  2. Experience with immunostaining or protein/cytokine detection assays
  3. Hands-on experience with fluorescence-based cell sorting equipment

More information

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the lab and participate in an interview process. This will likely take place between July 1 and July 11, 2022, and can happen virtually, should the situation warrant it.

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