Part-Time Research Associate

Imperial College London

Europe , United Kingdom


Ending On: 19 Dec 2019 14 days to go


Job Description

We are looking for Part-Time Research Associate


Employment: Part-Time

Requirements: Salary: £40,215 – £47,579 (pro rata)
Location: London
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Job description Job summary
Applications are invited for a Part-Time Research Associate to join the Laboratory of Plant Epigenetics (led by Dr Jie Song), at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London.

The laboratory of Dr Song at Imperial College is focused on fundamental aspects of Arabidopsis development and epigenetics. This project is to characterize Polycomb function in plant regeneration. The researcher will use a combination of genetics and molecular biology tools to study the spatial and temporal regulatory network of Polycomb. 

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, with good teamwork skills and well-developed laboratory experience.
Duties and responsibilities

  • To take initiative in the planning of research

  • To generate original data and its proper analysis

  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times

  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings

  • To write reports for submission to research sponsors

  • To draft publications and prepare them for submission to refereed journals

  • To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider community

Essential requirements
You will have a PhD (or equivalent) or be near completion of a PhD in a relevant discipline, which may include plant developmental biology, molecular biology and genetics.

You must be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:
  • Experience in ( Arabidopsis ) plant molecular biology
  • Basic understanding of plant development
  • High level analytical capability
  • Creative approach to problem-solving
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Ability to organise own work with minimal supervision and prioritise work in response to deadlines
Further information
This post is part-time (17.5 hours per week), and fixed-term for 14.5 months.

Applications will be considered as they are received and the position will remain open until filled.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Informal enquires can be made directly to Dr Jie Song, Research Fellow in the Department of Life Sciences, at .

For technical queries during the application process, please contact .

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College's care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. /
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About Imperial College London
Imperial College London is the UK's only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It's our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society - and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information
Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:
  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations .

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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