Job Profile

Core job information
Job Title

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dept./School/Inst.

School of Biological & Chemical
Sciences
Academic & Education
(Research)
Full time

Career Family
Working hours per
week
Reports to (job title)

Research Fellow

Section/Centre/Un
it
Grade

Science & Engineering

Appointment
period
Current location

until 30 Nov 2016

4 through to 5

Based on Mile End Campus

Job purpose
To undertake research in collaboration with and under the supervision of Dr. Arianna Fornili as part of the British Heart
Foundation funded project entitled “Nanomechanics of heart disease: investigating the effects of phosphorylation and HCMcausing mutations at the head-tail junction in cardiac myosin”. The research will be performed in close collaboration with Dr.
Sergi Garcia-Manyes and Prof. Franca Fraternali at King’s College London.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Qualifications

Experience

Knowledge, skills &
abilities

Requirements
1. PhD in Physics, Biophysics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related
discipline

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Experience in Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy

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Experience in Protein Structure

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Appropriate publication records that provide evidence of the above

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Experience in statistical data analysis

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Attitude & disposition

Undergraduate degree or equivalent in relevant subject or equivalent
experience

Knowledge of AFM techniques
Ability to use software for statistical data analysis
Understanding of the research process
Ability to organise and prioritise own work and organise research within
the project timetable
Ability to get the job done in a timely way
Ability to maintain accurate and up to date records
Effective team working.
Good communication skills
Analytical skills

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Flexible and co-operative
Self-motivated and hardworking
Willingness to learn new skills

19. Willingness to work flexibly in order to achieve project demands.

Working Environment
1. Contribute towards research in Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy of cardiac proteins.

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19. Keep up to date with subject related and professional issues. preparing regular orders of commonly used items). 20. in particular. Maintain appropriate databases. Conduct innovative research as required by the research programme 7. under the general guidance of Dr. 10. and to contribute freely to the team research environment in a manner conducive to the success of the research project as a whole. Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected by the line manager or Head of Department 6. 9. 17. Responsible. intellectual property and patenting. 14. harassment. developments in the specific subject area. These duties will be subject to review in line with the changing requirements of the School or College. Participate in the College Appraisal Scheme and demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development. keeping accurate written and computerised records and to ensure that these records are stored in a secure place and to maintain confidentiality of all electronically stored personal data in line with the provisions of the Data Protection Act. Assist in the supervision of student projects and PhD projects. as necessary. Undertake literature and database searches for the research project. Any other relevant activities related to the project as appropriate 5. regulations or codes binding on the member of staff. 18. Comply with relevant College policies and regulations with due regard to financial matters. Freedom to Act & Decision Making 15. health and safety. Make research contributions to the research programme wherever possible. To coordinate the provision of consumable items for the facility (auditing stock. Sergi Garcia-Manyes (KCL). 3. and to contribute freely to the team research environment in a manner conducive to the success of the research project as a whole. Responsible. 16. 4. Arianna Fornili and Dr.2. public interest disclosure. Prepare reports of appropriate research results for public presentation through seminars and conferences. To adopt flexible working practices where required. 22. Make research initiatives and original contributions to the research programme wherever possible. and to inform the Head of Department (or line manager. which require analysis. Contribute to other reports where possible. liaising with suppliers. 12. . for undertaking the programme of work. The duties of the post outlined above are not exhaustive. Sergi Garcia-Manyes (KCL). 11. under the general guidance of Dr. Arianna Fornili and Dr. equal opportunities. interpretation and comparison of data or any other information. and to be able to interpret and present the findings of the literature searches and advise the research teams appropriately regarding potential projects as required by the line manager/supervisor/PI. for undertaking the programme of work. 13. Collect data and undertake any appropriate analysis of data as requested 8. data protection or any other rules. and with the development needs of the postholder as identified through regular review/appraisal processes. 21. as appropriate) and Head of Innovation & Enterprise of any appropriate novel research outcomes. and the postholder will be expected to be co-operative and flexible. undertaking such administrative and other duties as may from time to time be reasonably expected of a member of research grade staff in a university. Contribute to writing papers summarising research findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals (of high international standing where possible). Monitor research findings with a view to commercial exploitation. Judgements involving complex facts or situations.

senior management and peers. . Organisation Chart The post-holder will report to Dr.23. Communication & Networking 24. 28. relevant to the project both internally and externally: with staff. to assist the supervision. 26. Work with external collaborators as agreed with the Supervisor. Providing. expert advice and / or assistance to new members of the team. receiving and presenting complex information to a large group of people. To work with students. Internal 25. research students. Exchange relevant information. Encourage interaction between team members. students. External 27. Arianna Fornili. This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time it was drawn up. Establish and maintain relationships in order to collaborate with researchers and academics in own team. Finance/Resource Management n/a People Management Where appropriate. within the department and outside the department within the College when necessary. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot of themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post. Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or level of responsibility entailed. training.