Research Assistant

Cardiff University - College of Biomedical and Life Sciences - School of Medicine - Division of Infection and Immunity

A Grade-5 Research Assistant position is available in the group of Professor Philip Taylor (Division of Infection & Immunity and Systems Immunity Research Institute, The School of Medicine). Research conducted by the team examines the molecular mechanisms that control macrophage activation. Macrophages are important in many major disease settings from cancer, cardiovascular disease and infection, but are also important for the normal function of our tissues.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant and well-funded research environment, which includes established investigators, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students. Current activities within the laboratory combine investigative model systems with state-of-the-art lentiviral gene modification technologies to understand the basis of cellular function. The aim is to develop new understandings of macrophage activation that will reveal novel therapeutic opportunities.

Specifically, with funding from a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, the successful applicant will work closely with two postdoctoral research fellows dissecting the transcriptional controls of macrophage activation. Potential therapeutic opportunities will be tested in biological models, dissected and developed.

Your role will involve assisting with isolation and storage of primary cells from whole blood and tissue samples, inventory control of laboratory equipment and supplies, running and maintenance of lab equipment (including microscopy, flow cytometry and imaging flow-cytometry) and associated data curation. You would also have the opportunity to have your own project area, under guidance.

For further information, prospective candidates should contact Professor Philip Taylor (; Tel: 02920 687328).
This post is full time (35 hours per week), available from 2 January 2017 and is fixed term until 5 January 2021.

Salary £26,052 - £30,175 per annum (Grade 5). It is anticipated that the successful candidate will not be appointed above point 23, (£26,052 per annum).

Cardiff University is currently undertaking a pre-employment checking pilot scheme across limited areas of the institution. Under this pilot scheme, this post has been identified as being subject to the following pre-employment checks:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS);
  • Occupational Health Check (OH).

Further information about pre-employment checking can be made available upon request.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds.

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