Research Associate in Endoscopic Mass Spectrometry

London Paddington Station, London (Greater)
£37,904 - £45,547, Full time, Fixed term
21 Feb 2019
23 Mar 2019
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The Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London is looking to recruit a dynamic Research Associate to join its NIHR i4i funded research programme in chemical endoscopy.

This ambitious project is creating a scalable technology for real time tissue diagnosis during colonoscopy. The project will deliver ex-vivo and in-vivo first in man trials and for the chemical identification of precursor lesions of colon cancer known as polyps.

This technology is based on Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS - termed the iKnife) which provides a highly sensitive and quantitative analysis of tissue chemistry based on the real-time analysis of smoke plumes by mass spectrometry, generated from electrosurgical instruments commonly used in endoscopy.

Duties and responsibilities

The post will provide the chance to work within a totally unique multidisciplinary team; you will be working with clinicians, nurses, engineers and bioinformaticians and the post holder must therefore be organised and an effective communicator.

The post involves the organization of the mass spectrometric component of the project and the technical development of the mass spectrometry interface.

The ability for independent work is expected, with anticipation for a growing role in contributing to the design of the research and the development of the platform as it enters trials. In addition, he/she will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals and to join in preparing applications for external research funding.

This is a unique opportunity to take a technology from bench top to bed side and you will be working with patients during the clinical phase of the project.

There is, therefore, considerable scope for career growth within the post and you will have the opportunity to engage in teaching and training, technical development, clinical trials and regulatory aspects of translational research.

Essential requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry or Biology or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience.

Further information

The contract is a full time and fixed term until 1 January 2022. 

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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