Research Assistant

£39,039 - £39,039

Job Description

As a Research Assistant, you will be responsible for supporting the Principal Investigator in conducting research, contributing to project publications, assisting with analysis of interviews, and disseminating findings to various audiences.



Responsibilities will include:





    Assist in conducting qualitative research, including conducting interviews, assisting participants with photovoice data collection, analysing data, and writing up research findings

    Contribute to writing and editing academic publications and conference presentations

    Researching and summarising relevant news articles and policy documents that explore challenges within the care sector and the current cost of living crisis

    Support project coordination and organization, including scheduling meetings and events, maintaining project records and bibliographic databases, and liaising with stakeholders and participants





The appointed person will have an undergraduate and a Masters degree in the social sciences, bioethics and/or humanities. The post would especially suit someone currently doing (or planning to do) a PhD in the social sciences or humanities. The appointed person will have a knowledge of qualitative social science research methods, and ideally some experience or interest in using collaborative and highly participatory methods (such as photovoice). The appointed person will also have excellent organisational skills, a strong ability to communicate and the aptitude to think critically.




Qualifications

Masters / Equilvant experience of Social Care sector. 



Skills

Experience of Research and analysis



Project Management



Self management



Eye for detail



Communication skills for wide range of partners including number of external partners



 

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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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