Research Associate

Research Associate

Imperial College London

London, United Kingdom

Division/Department//Faculty: Institute of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
Salary: £37,904 – £45,547 p.a.
Campus: Hammersmith
Contract type: Full-time, fixed term for three years with the possibility of extension

Applications are invited for a 3-year Research Associate position within the Gut Signalling and Metabolism Group at the Institute of Clinical Sciences at Imperial College. We are looking for enthusiastic and curious individuals with excellent organisational skills and a high attention to detail.

The group is led by Professor Irene Miguel-Aliaga and investigates how the gut and its neurons communicate with each other to maintain or perturb homeostasis (Linneweber 2014 Cell, Cognigni 2011 Cell Metab). Our recent work has shown that the digestive system of males and females is different, and that these differences can affect whole-body physiology – from reproductive output to susceptibility to tumorigenic insults (Hudry 2016 Nature, Reiff 2015 eLife). Our ongoing work is exploring these differences further in various directions, with the overarching goal of understanding how adaptable and diverse adult organs can be and why. To this end, we make use of several model systems, such as Drosophila, mouse and intestinal organoids (Perea 2017 EMBO J). We also use a variety of experimental approaches including genetics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and imaging, as well as a range of physiological and behavioural assays for phenotyping.

The lab is located in a modern building with core facilities, and is part of the vibrant and scientifically outstanding London Institute of Medical Sciences at Imperial College London, on the developing Imperial West campus. It provides an environment that values and support diversity, and remains committed to internationalism. Funding is guaranteed beyond Brexit.

Applicants should have a PhD in biology or a closely related discipline, and a strong track record of scientific achievement. We will prioritise applicants with relevant experimental experience and/or those who can provide previous/current evidence of creativity and originality.

You can apply on our website

Closing date: 04 November 2018

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