Research Associate in Structural Biology of Bacterial ESCRT-III-like Systems

Job summary

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated structural biologist to join the group of Dr Harry Low, Department of Infectious Disease ( The research project focuses on determining the role and mechanism of ESCRT-III-like membrane remodelling proteins in bacteria. Methodology will include cryo-electron microscopy (EM) single particle and tomography studies, light microscopy and a suite of biophysical, biochemical and cellular assays to determine structure and function. The position is funded by the BBSRC.

Duties and responsibilities

  • To take responsibility for the day-to-day running of biochemical/structural biology research on ESCRT-III-like membrane remodelling proteins.
  • To carry out the design and execution of appropriate experiments based on high-level research goals.
  • To contribute to regular laboratory meetings and deliver presentations at internal and external seminars.
  • To produce accurate report-ready data and to assist in the preparation of written progress reports and publications as required.
  • To be proficient in new approaches and techniques and integrate these approaches into your research projects.
  • To take initiative in the planning and execution of research, and in the development of collaborations with other groups at Imperial, and external collaborators.

Essential requirements

  • Research Associate: Hold a PhD in Cryo Electron Microscopy (single particle or tomography) or a closely related discipline or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • Research Assistant: Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in in Cryo Electron Microscopy (single particle or tomography) or a closely related discipline or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • Strong research track record in structural biology including cryo electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography or NMR
  • Experience in the design and execution of workflow for structure determination of proteins, from molecular biology/biochemical experiments (e.g. DNA cloning and mutagenesis, protein purification) to electron microscopy data collection, processing and model building
  • At least one first author publication in an international journal

Further information

This is a Full Time and Open-ended contracts based at the South Kensington Campus.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Harry Low directly at

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