Research Assistant in Chitinase-like Proteins

The University of Manchester - Biology, Medicine and Health

The Faculty of Biological, Medicine and Health is looking to recruit an enthusiastic research assistant to work in a research team at the University of Manchester.

The lead professor is interested in immunity to infection with parasites. In particular, their work focuses on cells of the innate immune system, such as neutrophils and macrophages. Their lab is currently studying a group of proteins that both protect against infection with worms but also help to repair damage to the tissues caused by infection. These proteins are also strongly associated with chronic inflammatory diseases and fibrosis (scar tissue). Ultimately, the lab aims to identify novel pathways that can be therapeutically manipulated to improve outcome of neglected tropical diseases as well as chronic diseases such as fibrosis. The research requires a multidisciplinary approach that utilises rodent models of worm infection and many immunological techniques including flow-cytometry, immunohistochemistry, real-time PCR and whole genome microarray analysis.

You will be enthusiastic, highly motivated, and capable of providing high quality support to the postdoctoral researchers within the research group. Experience with immunological assays such as ELISA, cell culture, flow-cytometry, real-time PCR and a Home Office license would be highly desirable. Experience with database management (e.g. FileMaker Pro) would be beneficial.

Successful candidates will be subject to pre-employment screening carried out on our behalf by a third party. The offer of employment will be dependent on the successful candidate passing that screening. Whilst you will be required to provide express consent at a later stage, by continuing with your application now you acknowledge that you are aware that such screening will take place, and agree to take part in the process.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, the University of Manchester will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position. All non EU/EEA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid for the duration of the contract in order to be considered for this appointment.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

The newly-created Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (FBMH) was implemented on 1 August 2016, and this post will be based within the Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine in the School of Biological Sciences.

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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