Vacancy: COVID-19 Research Technician at Imperial College London

By 6th October 2020 October 7th, 2020 Jobs
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COVID-19 Research Technician

Reference: NAT00771

Location: Imperial College London
Faculty / Function: Department of Life Sciences
Salary: From £29,270 – 32,080 plus benefits
Closing Date: Friday 16th October 2020
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Contracted Hours per week: Full Time

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Technician to join a multidisciplinary team of team of ecologists, virologists and modellers looking at “Mapping the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage and environmental samples”. This work is being led by Professor Vincent Savolainen in collaboration with several groups at Imperial College (Ransome, Bell, Woodward, Jones).

Mapping the prevalence of COVID-19 cases is essential for designing and tracking the efficacy of control policies, such as social distancing and isolation. Given that there is now good evidence that SARS-CoV-2 RNA is detectable in faeces for prolonged periods (even for otherwise asymptomatic individuals), it may be possible to map the prevalence of COVID-19 using sewage samples.

Your main role will be to help run high-throughput robotically automated RT-PCR assays to quantify the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA fragments in sewage and its derivatives across the UK. This will allow us to make reliable inferences about the population-level prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 by modelling RNA degradation from toilet to sample. You will also help coordinate the collection and delivery of sewage and environmental samples from across the UK.

Find out more about the team and the project here