Research Associate in Mucosal and Vaccine Immunology

University College London - Infection and Immunity

A post is available for a Research Associate inMucosal and Vaccine Immunology to work in the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Mucosal Pathogens (MPRU). This is an exciting new translational programme within UCL's Global Health Grand Challenges, addressing limitations in the long-term effectiveness of existing vaccines through new approaches to interrupting pathogen carriage/transmission in lower and middle income countries (LMICs). Directed by Professor Robert Heyderman and co-directed by Professor David Goldblatt, the MPRU will focus on mucosal pathogens causing pneumonia, meningitis and neonatal sepsis which account for >2 million deaths each year globally and are associated with substantive disability.

The post holder will develop and deliver the core projects within the MPRU; the serological assessment of changes to pneumococcal conjugate vaccine scheduling and dosing in relation to pneumococcal carriage; the application of host transcriptomics to understand the carriage and transmission of mucosal pathogens; the analysis of complex datasets including antibody and cellular measurements and transciptomics as well as the coordination of the immunological activities of MPRU.

The post is funded for three years in the first instance.

A PhD (or equivalent degree) or about to submit in a relevant subject is required; as is an in-depth experience of evaluation of immune responses including ELISA and Flow cytometry. In addition a sound understanding of Health and Safety issues and a good working knowledge of data management and presentation software applications are essential. There should also be a willingness to travel abroad.

Note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316 - £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of the final PhD thesis submission.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy Isabel Lubeiro - email, tel: 020 3108 2118.

Closing Date: 25 October 2017

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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