Research Assistant

King's College London

Job id: 085665. Salary: £37,982 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 01 March 2024. Closing date: 05 March 2024.

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. Department: Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Contact details:Professor John Strouboulis. [email protected]

Location: Denmark Hill campus. Category: Research.

Job description

A Research Assistant position in biomedical research is available for 6 months commencing on April 1, 2024. The Research Assistant will work on a project investigating the implication of red cell-specific transcription factors in Diamond-Blackfan Anemia pathogenesis and diagnosis. Suitable applicants must have experience in cell culture, molecular biology (DNA and RNA analysis), protein analysis and, if possible, in gene editing. The post may also involve training and supervision of students and new research staff. The position is available within the Red Cell Haematology group, a highly dynamic research group working on molecular erythropoiesis and red cell disorders, including Diamond-Blackfan anemia and sickle cell anemia.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 6 months.

This is a full-time  post – 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake basic research on the molecular and cellular basis of Diamond-Blackfan Anemia pathogenesis and diagnosis for example by preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcome of experiments.  
  • Make use of standard research techniques and methods, deal with problems which may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines, analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas based on outcomes. 
  •  Plan own day-to-day research activity within the framework of the agreed research programme and contribute to planning of research activities.
  • Carry out tasks that require the learning of certain skills and the advancement of knowledge of research methods and techniques.
  • Conduct literature and database searches. 
  • Write up results of own research and contribute to the production of research reports, publications and presentations. 
  • Present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies involved in research e.g. funding bodies. 
  • Liaise with research colleagues and support staff on routine matters and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and form relationships for future collaboration. 
  • Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research. 
  • Actively participate as a member of a research team, attend and contribute to relevant internal research group meetings and contribute to decisions affecting the work of the team.  
  • Awareness of the potential risks in the work environment. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria  

  • Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees related to biomedical sciences 
  • Hands-on experience in cell culture, analytical flow cytometry, DNA and RNA analysis, protein analysis 
  • Solid knowledge in human disease pathways 
  • Competency in standard statistical analysis packages, genomics databases, graphics software and other analytical software (image analysis, DNA analysis software etc.)
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience with gene editing 
  • Student supervision experience 
  • Experience in genetics
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview by a panel consisting of members of the Red Cell Haematology Group.

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