Research Assistant in Functional Genomics

University of Oxford - Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in Functional Genomics to join an established team with a track record of innovation and high impact research in the functional genomics of immunity led by Professor Julian Knight at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG).

We seek a highly motivated, organised and proactive individual who will benefit from the exceptional research environment at WTCHG. You will play a key role in an exciting new research programme to investigate the functional basis of extreme innate immune response phenotypes contributing to disease, building on our recent work in this area (Science 2014, Lancet Respiratory Medicine 2016). The goal is to advance understanding of the functional alleles driving such differences between individuals, their mechanism of action and their biological consequences in terms of gene regulation, pathophysiology and therapeutic opportunities. You will be responsible for managing the ongoing sample collection, delivering cell culture and cell purification work together with cloning, sequencing and general molecular biology. You will also play a role in the application of different ‘omic approaches and immunological assays to samples together with opportunities to functionally characterise putative regulatory variants.

You will have a degree in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology or related field and a demonstrable interest in the research described here. You will also have an experience in standard molecular biology techniques as well as having demonstrable high level of communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to organise and prioritise work to efficiently deliver results to the required standard and to an agreed schedule. You will be motivated by a stimulating and ambitious research environment with a desire to deliver high quality cutting-edge science and work in a laboratory offering the opportunity for career development and acquiring new expertise.

We are currently recruiting to three posts for this new programme including this position, a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Functional Genomics of Immunity (vacancy ref. 130843) and Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Immunogenomics (vacancy ref. 130845). If you wish to be considered for any of these other posts please submit a separate application for the relevant post.

The position is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is fixed-term until 30 September 2022.

Please quote ref. 130844 on all correspondence. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 2 October 2017 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy is changing. With effect from October 1 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above will have a retirement age of 68, and all employees at Grades 6 and 7 will no longer have a set retirement age. Further details are available at:

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