Postdoctoral Scientist (Reverse Genetics)

The Pirbright Institute

The Pirbright Institute is a unique national centre that works through its highly innovative fundamental and applied bioscience to enhance the UK capability to contain, control, and eliminate viral diseases of animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans. We thereby support the competitiveness of UK livestock and poultry producers, and improve the health and quality of life of both animals and people.

Purpose: This successful candidate will conduct studies using reverse genetics to understand the role of bluetongue virus (BTV) genetics in determining spread and infection of vectors.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Use existing technologies to generate mono-reassortant BTV’s that vary in their ability to infect biting midges and derived cell lines.
  • Establish novel technologies for the development of reverse genetics systems for other BTV and orbivirus strains.
  • Produce statistically robust estimates of the impact of segment complement on infectivity
  • Drive the production of peer-reviewed publications
  • Produce method-based protocols where necessary for training purposes
  • Support all aspects biosecurity, quality assurance and health and safety processes

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of the Human Resources department and The Pirbright Institute.

Benefits Of The Post

The post is graded at a Band D/E and is a Limited Term Contract with funding until 31 March 2019. The salary is £32,200 to £43,216 depending on band, qualifications and experience.

This is a full time role of 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Additional Information

  • Any offer of employment will be subject to security screening, health clearance, receipt of satisfactory references, and continued right to work and remain in the UK.
  • The Institute is engaged in Research work on a number of virus diseases of livestock, several of which are highly infectious to livestock, compliance with the Disease Security Regulations is an essential requirement of employment.
  • For those applicants where English is not their first language, please note that the successful applicant must be able to prove their ability to communicate in English.

How To Apply: To view or apply for this vacancy please visit The Pirbright Institute website, where an application form and further details can be found. Job reference 16P-50A.

Person Specification


  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant branch of biosciences
  • Significant and relevant bench experience in anR&D environment
  • An excellent record of research productivity
  • A high-quality research reputation
  • Evidence of reverse genetics systems in viruses
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in the production of publications for peer reviewed journal
  • Time management skills
  • Decision making and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to absorb new techniques rapidly
  • Willingness to support lab running including training of personnel


  • A working knowledge of current sequencing platforms
  • Experience in or an ability to adapt to working under virus containment conditions
  • Evidence of effective team working in a quality assured environment

Special Requirements

  • Capacity to travel within the UK, with possible early starts and/or late finishes and occasional overnight stays (i)
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