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Research Fellow in Mitochondrial Bioenergetic Index
Ref. 50054010

Salary: £27,800 - £30,000

Department: School of Life Sciences

Location: London


The role:  

It is now possible to collect a small volume of blood from subjects and assess basal mitochondrial function in the form of a mitochondrial bioenergetic health Index (MBHI) and subsequently determine how it varies in response to different life-style conditions. 

The aim of this project is for the Research Fellow to implement this MBHI to monitor changes in bioenergetics in free-living individuals. This, coupled with other risk markers, will enable us to stratify subjects against a population’s optimal health curve, and thus provide them with a measurable point on a scale. It will be a benchmark for each individual to work from, in order to achieve or maintain optimal health. The ultimate aim is to create a novel data management system that will integrate current and future health outputs that are presently collected and presented individually to customers.

  • Developing and implementing the MBHI. You will, in conjunction with Prof Bell, design and carry out the experiments, analyse results and create Standard MBHI Curves.
  • Work closely with all stakeholders to maximise the impact of the results and integrate them into practical data management system
  • Collating, presenting and producing project updates/reports to SME stakeholders and colleagues 
  • Support the SME for knowledge transfer with project updates and maintenance/support documentation/videos.

Essential criteria: 

Minimum 2.1 BSc in biochemistry or related subject and experience in:
  • Isolation of PBMC and mitochondria 
  • Assessing mitochondrial function 
  • Use of SeaHorse system 
  • Participant recruitment
  • Understanding of research method, analysis and interpretation of results
  • Creation of practical and ease of use of Data Bases and Modelling

Ability to:
  • Communicate well to non-specialist audience 
  • Work well under pressure 

Desirable criteria:
  • PhD with experience in mitochondrial metabolism and cell biology
  • Knowledge of programming as you will be working closely with the SME to implement the use of “personalised avatars” for visualization of health output
  • Some expertise in “R” or “Python” for statistical analysis

About the company: 

The Health Concierge (http://www.thehealthconcierge.co.uk/) provides wellness services to London’s luxury residential sector. It aims to translate cutting-edge scientific research into real-world health solutions. 

About KEEP+:

This post forms an integral role in a Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnerships (KEEP+) project. It provides you with the opportunity to work with a company to deliver a strategic project and also have access to university expertise and support.

To apply for this vacancy please click above. Further information can be found in the job description and person specification, which can be accessed through link below. 

Closing date: 2 November 2018

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed on a rolling basis.

Informal enquiries may be made by email to (J.Bell@westminster.ac.uk) or (errol@thehealthconcierge.co.uk)

Administrative contact (for queries only): Recruitment@westminster.ac.uk 

Please note:  We are unable to accept applications by email. All applications must be made online. CV’s in isolation or incomplete application forms will not be accepted. 

We are fortunate to receive a large number of applications for our vacancies. Regrettably, we are not able to provide feedback to those job applicants who are not shortlisted, as it simply would not be manageable to do so. 

Applicants who require a certificate of sponsorship to work in the UK are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the UKVI Tier 2 certificate of sponsorship requirements in order to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria. For further information please visit the UKVI webpage on the Gov.uk website.

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