Research Associate in Auditory Optics and Theory Imperial College School of Bioengineering United Kingdom

Job Title:Research Associate in Auditory Optics and Theory

Reference: ENG00882
Date posted :21 June 2019
Closing date: 22 July 2019
Key information about the role
Location: South Kensington Campus
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Position type:Full time, fixed term
Salary:£37,486 – £42,654 plus benefits

 

 



Job summary


We welcome applications for postdoctoral candidates with expertise in optics, instrument development, or theoretical modelling who want to apply their skills in the field of the biophysics of hearing. Two positions in Dr. Andrei Kozlov's lab (www.kozlovlab.com) in the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London are supported by a five-year Wellcome Trust Investigator Award: one experimental and one theoretical. We investigate...

 

 

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Department Department of Bioengineering Category Academic & Teaching / Non Clinical Academic & Teaching
Job description
Job summary
We welcome applications for postdoctoral candidates with expertise in optics, instrument
development, or theoretical modelling who want to apply their skills in the field of the
biophysics of hearing. Two positions in Dr. Andrei Kozlov's lab (www.kozlovlab.com) in the
Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London are supported by a five-year
Wellcome Trust Investigator Award: one experimental and one theoretical.

 

We investigate mechano-electrical transduction by hair cells, the receptor cells of the inner
ear. These cells can detect and amplify atomic-scale vibrations at thousands of cycles per
second. We are interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying this extreme
sensitivity. To achieve our goal, we combine novel experimental and theoretical approaches.

 

Duties and responsibilities


The experimental position will focus on developing new optical methods, including laser
interferometry, and combining them with electrophysiology. Practical knowledge of optics or
optomechanics is essential for this work. For more information about this kind of research,
see Kozlov et al., Nature, 2011.

 

Essential requirements


The candidate (s) will have:

- A PhD (or equivalent) in physics, engineering, or a related discipline.
- For the experimental position: excellent practical knowledge of optics and instrument development
- For the theoretical position: expertise in soft matter or statistical physics and in theoretical modelling
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Ability to contribute to a complex research programme
- Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people
- Ability to organise own work with minimal supervision
- Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines
- Enthusiasm for exposure to a diversity of scientific projects
- An open, flexible and positive approach to working in a constantly changing environment

 

You will be:


- Self-motivated and you will have the ability to exercise initiative and judgment in carrying out research tasks
- Competent at writing and presenting in scientific English at a level suitable for conference presentations and peer reviewed journal publications
- Willing to learn and operate with good research practices, and ethics policies
- Willing to undertake any necessary training for the role
- Willing to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative

 

Further information

 

The theoretical position focuses on modelling mechano-electrical transduction, combining
analytical and numerical techniques, and is in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Risler at Institut
Curie in Paris. The successful candidate for this role will have a strong background and track
record in Theoretical Soft Matter, Statistical Physics or a related discipline. For more
information about this kind of research, see Gianoli, Risler and Kozlov, PNAS, 2017.
The positions will start in September 2019 or soon thereafter. Please send the names of
three references, a CV with a list of publications and preprints, and an application letter
describing your interests and skills. Informal inquiries are welcome.
Contact:
Andrei Kozlov
a.kozlov@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, 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.

 

About us

 

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

 

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College's care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/

a.kozlov@imperial.ac.uk


Documents


Job description _person specification- Research Associate-2019.pdf
About Imperial College London
Imperial College London is the UK's only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

 

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It's our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

 

Additional information


Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
Deliver positive outcomes
Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
Develop and grow skills and expertise
Work in a planned and managed way
In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

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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