Research Assistant in Vaccine Development

University of Oxford - Centre for Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Jenner Institute, Henry Wellcome Building for Molecular Physiology

Roosevelt Drive, Headington, Oxford

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in Vaccine Development at the Jenner Institute located at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.

You will work on the development of vaccines against arboviruses, in particular Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. The postholder will perform the pre-clinical work to assess efficacy of new vaccine candidates, as well as the development of new vaccine candidates in the form of proteins or recombinant viral vectors.

You will be principally involved in performing in vivo procedures, isolating suitable samples to assess the outcome of an immunisation by flow cytometry, ELISPOT and ELISA techniques. Additional work will include protein vaccine production, cell culture and molecular biology techniques such as the use of restriction enzymes to clone transgenes into plasmids/vectors.

You will be required to support the Principal Investigator and other senior, junior researchers and students in the day-to-day work of this project. You will supply information to the team and project manager to support tracking progress against objectives and compiling project reports in a timely manner for efficient running of the projects.

You will have a degree in biological sciences and you should have the ability to work independently and with own initiative whilst reporting regularly to Project Leader and project manager about work progress and assignment of priorities and resources with excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to form relationships with key stakeholders. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate with people from multiple disciplines, particularly clinicians, scientists and bioinformaticians and excellent organisation skills, with the ability to prioritise tasks, adapt to changing demands and manage a complex workload of their own and that of other project members to work together to meet deadlines.

The position is fixed-term contract until 30 September 2017, with possibility for extension until March 2018 and funded by Innovate UK.

You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application. Please quote ref. 126928 on all correspondence.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Thursday 26 January 2017 can be considered.

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