Research Assistant _Vitamin D

£25,642 - £25,642

Job Description

Research assistants will also be expected to be involved in conducting evaluation surveys, data entry, analysis and be involved in the preparation of reports and manuscripts. The role may vary with each research assistant depending on availability and expertise. 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.




Qualifications

MSc in Nutrition or related subject.



Skills

Effective time management skills. Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, email, internet, and other academic research-related software, e.g., SPSS, referencing software. Experience of conducting literature reviews. Experience of working on a research trial (e.g., experience of recruitment, screening and, data management). Evidence of previous scholarly activity (e.g., presenting at conferences, writing for peer reviewed journals).

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Healthy Volunteers will be required to have their eyes examined 16 times between 8am and 1pm. Eye drops will be administered to your eyes to cause dilation and allow examination to take place. This is not a painful procedure and is perfectly safe.




Qualifications

N/A



Skills

Willing to be examined as described.

Healthy Volunteers will be required to have their eyes examined 16 times between 8am and 1pm. Eye drops will be administered to your eyes to cause dilation and allow examination to take place. This is not a painful procedure and is perfectly safe.




Qualifications

N/A



Skills

Willing to be examined as described.

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.



To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.



The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap.



We are a globally leading multidisciplinary research institute of 700 staff investigating the spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders causing dementia, with laboratory-based research groups located at University College London, the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, Edinburgh University, Imperial College London and King’s College London.



 



Centre context



 



King’s 



Researchers at the UK DRI at King’s use innovative approaches to explore the biological mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases. Their goal is to defeat dementia by uncovering vital new knowledge that will lead to the design of smarter diagnostics and effective treatments. The team aim to understand the fundamental biological processes involved in dementia at a molecular level – and to use that knowledge to design new ways to diagnose and treat disease more precisely.



 



The group of Dr Marc-David Ruepp is seeking an organised and enthusiastic individual for a full-time research assistant position to support their research. This position will involve significant work in molecular cloning, analysis of changes in gene expression by RT-PCR and qPCR, mammalian cell culture, and splicing modulation and thus requires consistency and attention to detail, as well as a willingness for occasional weekend work in the context of cellular work. The post-holder will also provide support for general organisational and technical duties to allow the smooth and efficient running of the lab.



Dr Marc-David Ruepp’s group works on RNA metabolism in health and disease with a specific focus on the two neurodegenerative diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This position will provide valuable research support and contribute to the understanding of ALS/FTD in order to find effective therapeutic strategies.




  • Maintenance of cell cell cultures

  • Perform molecular biology, biochemistry, and imaging assays

  • Maintaining accurate laboratory records

  • Manage the ordering of laboratory supplies and equipment

  • Liaising with other technical staff to service and maintain stocks and equipment

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by Dr Marc-David Ruepp

  • Requires flexibility for occasional weekend work



Qualifications

Qualifications




  • BSc/MSci in Neuroscience or related discipline



Skills

Essential Skills




  • Experience in mammalian cell culture

  • Experience in molecular biology

  • Experience in preparing buffers and media

  • Experience in molecular biology: Nucleic acid isolation, RT, qPCR

  • Experience in splicing modulation using modified snRNAs

  • Experience in C++, Java, R and Graph Pad Prism

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