We are recruiting

Post title:         Research Assistant - Microbiome in Advanced Chronic Liver Disease (ACLD)

Location:         Institute of Hepatology, 111 Coldharbour Lane, London SE5 9NT

Job ref:            RS31

Salary range:  £27,906 - £34,527 (including London allowance)

Duration:          1 year with possibility of extension

               Closing date for applications: 4pm Thursday 9th August 2018




The Foundation for Liver Research is seeking an enthusiastic, flexible and committed research assistant to join our Microbiome in ACLD group.  You will explore the role of the microbiome in contributing to patho-biological processes that propagate advanced chronic liver disease (ACLD), including acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF).  ACLF is a life-threatening condition that occurs in patients with cirrhosis. It is associated with a very high short-term mortality, and places a significant burden on critical care services and healthcare resources. The patho-biology of ACLF - in particular the role of the microbiome and ensuing dysbiosis - is not fully understood and there are currently no targeted therapies for this condition. You will play a key role in translational laboratory based studies aimed to identify mechanisms and novel therapeutic targets for chronic liver failure syndromes - focusing on the key role of the microbiome - representing an exciting opportunity.

Experience/skills required:

Minimum of MSc degree in a biological or a related scientific discipline is required. The candidate must have at least a year’s experience of handling human samples, PBMC isolation and RNA/DNA extraction techniques. Experience with other cellular immunological techniques carried out with human samples including multi-parametric flow cytometry and multi-plex cytokine analysis is also desirable. Experience of working to GCP and familiarity with the HTA would also be an advantage. The candidate must show initiative, willingness to quickly acquire new skills/responsibilities and be a team player. Excellent attention to detail and the ability to work independently are essential to succeed in this position, as are good communication and organisational skills.  Must be flexible and willing to work evenings. The post will be funded for 1 year initially with a possibility of extension. 

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How to Apply: Candidates should submit a detailed curriculum vitae with a description of research experience to: Natalie Day, Head of Administration (E-mail: n.day@researchinliver.org.uk Tel: 020 7255 9832 or 020 7255 9833). Please quote job ref RS31

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Vishal Patel (vishal.patel@researchinliver.org.uk).  

Closing date for applications: 4pm Thursday 9th August 2018.  Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. We will aim to respond to all applicants but in the event that you have not heard from us by Monday 20th August please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Due to current UK immigration restrictions the Foundation can only accept applications from EU nationals and individuals with existing permission to work in the UK. Please do not apply unless you satisfy this criteria.

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