Research Fellow in Virology

University of Sussex - School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014.

We wish to appoint a Research Fellow in Molecular and Applied Virology to start by the 6 November 2017. The post is for 6 months, however, further funding has been sought to extend this.

The main focus of the research funded by Innovate UK is to evaluate synthetic vaccine inserts and viral vector platforms as potential candidates for emerging viral diseases. We will be using Ebola virus and Lassa virus glycoprotein-based vaccine approaches as a proof of concept in a consortium of UK partners and 1 EU partner.

The project will involve the cloning of candidate vaccine inserts into viral pseudotyping vectors and generation of pseudotyped viruses using these inserts. The resulting viruses will be used to assess functional antibody responses to candidate vaccines using pseudotype-based neutralisation assays.

The project is based with Dr Edward Wright in the Viral Pseudotype Unit, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex. The research will be undertaken in close collaboration with Professor Jonathan Heeney in the Lab of Viral Zoonotics, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience. They must also have a proven record of successful experience in research and their subject expertise must be up to-date.

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in science and engineering at Sussex. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers.

The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Dr Edward Wright. Email

For full details and how to apply see

The University of Sussex is committed to equality of opportunity

Applications should be accompanied by a full CV, a statement of research interests and aspirations (not more than 1 pages), and the names of two academic referees.

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