COVID-19 Research Technician
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.