Research Associate in Immunology

The University of Manchester - School of Biological Sciences

Closing Date : 28/09/2017.
Employment Type : Fixed Term.
Duration : From 03 January 2018 to 02 January 2021.
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health.
School/Directorate : School of Biological Sciences.
Division : Infection, Immunity & Respiratory Medicine.
Hours Per week : Full Time.
Salary : £31,604 per annum.
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester.
Job Reference : BM&H-10578.

Project Title

Defining the Drivers of Immune Variation

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to be held at the University of Manchester to perform original primary research and disseminate findings for a research project entitled “Defining the drivers of Immune Variation”. The PDRA is one of two positions, one position will be held at the University of Manchester in the research group of Professor Kathryn Else, and the second at the University of Nottingham.

Project Description:

The project will generate novel data which identifies the key drivers of immune variation in the wild and the relative importance of these to host genetics. There is enormous variation in the way individuals respond to infectious disease. Inside the laboratory, conditions are carefully controlled to minimise variation, but in the wild multiple forces combine to determine how a host responds to infection. The proposal takes advantage of our highly tractable wild mouse population on the Isle of May, which enables longitudinal analyses of immune responsiveness and quantification of immune responses, allowing us to define how intrinsic and extrinsic factors combine to shape the ultimate immune response.

This exciting opportunity will allow you to join a BBSRC-funded joint research project between the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham. The University of Nottingham team have significant expertise in immune-epidemiology, evolutionary ecology and population genetics, complementing the immunological expertise of the Else group based at Manchester. You will be based in the Else group, will lead on the immunological analyses, and will work closely with the Nottingham based PDRA who will lead on the fieldwork, pathogen diagnostics and genomics.  Based at Manchester, you will regularly spend time on the Isle of May undertaking fieldwork during the trapping season, as agreed, in addition to attending joint research meetings in Nottingham.

The project will involve a range of immunological and cell biological techniques, and you should have experience in multi-colour flow cytometry, cytokine bead array and multi-colour immunohistochemistry.

The School of Biological Sciences is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Bronze Award in 2013 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:  

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applictions from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Kathryn Else


Tel: 0161 275 5213

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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