Postdoctoral Research Scientist - Malaria Biology and Vaccine Development

University of Oxford - Centre for Cellular and Molecular Physiology

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

Our research seeks to develop new antibody-inducing vaccines, with projects focused upon the sporozoite stage of the malaria parasite and upon rabies. Recent work has been successful in advancing candidates against both diseases into clinical trials, and in generating high-impact publications. We aim to foster scientific excellence within an open and free-thinking environment.

You will participate in the research programme led by Dr Sandy Douglas to identify and characterise mechanisms of hepatocyte invasion by malaria sporozoites and to develop vaccine approaches to block this invasion. The project will use genetic (CRISPR-Cas9) and biochemical approaches to identify such ligand-receptor interactions. The role will offer an excellent opportunity for you to obtain and publish high-impact results while developing your skills in a rigorous but supportive environment. Simultaneously, you will have a strong chance of seeing your efforts achieve ‘real world’ impact via translation into novel vaccines. 

You will have a PhD (or be in the process of completing) in a relevant area such as parasitology, immunology or another related field with an outstanding academic track record/evidence of potential. You will have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills with ability to analyse or research complex issues, interpret scientific data and write factual reports. You should also have experience of sterile cell culture techniques and basic molecular biology skills (PCR and plasmid cloning).

The post is fixed-term for 2 years in the first instance and funding provided by European Union.

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 Wednesday 25 October 2017 will be considered. Please quote reference 131212 on all correspondence. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

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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