Postdoctoral Research Associate in Parasite Diagnostics - Grade 7 (0.5 FTE)

University of Liverpool - Department of Infection Biology

Faculty of health and life sciences

Institute of infection and global health

We are seeking a Parasitologist or Molecular Biologist to join a Global Challenges Research Fund project (funded by the Medical Research Council) entitled “Rapid diagnosis of onchocerciasis using urinary biomarkers”. This is a collaborative effort led by the University of Liverpool that includes the University of Edinburgh, the University of Bonn, the Cameroon Academy of Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), and the University of Buea (Cameroon). You will develop and validate methods to purify and analyse extracellular vesicles from urine and assess the sensitivity and specificity of protein and nucleic acid biomarkers for the diagnosis of onchocerciasis (river blindness). Samples will originate both from human patients and from a large animal model based in Cameroon (Onchocerca ochengi in cattle). The results will be instrumental in advancing non-invasive methods to diagnose onchocerciasis, which is currently dependent on the collection of skin biopsies. You should have a PhD in parasitology/microbiology, molecular biology, protein chemistry or immunology and previous experience with protein purification, proteomics and/or exosome isolation is essential. The post is available until 28 February 2019.

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