Postdoctoral Training Fellow

The Francis Crick Institute


Dr Bishop is seeking a talented and motivated postdoc to study the HIV restriction factor SAMHD1 and the viral countermeasure, Vpx.

The Francis Crick Institute is a new research institute with an international reputation for cutting edge research into basic biology and are committed to training the next generation of research scientists. The Four-Year Postdoctoral Training programme is part of this commitment and many postdocs leave to set up their own research groups. Postdocs also benefit from living and working in one of the world’s greatest scientific, cultural and cosmopolitan capital.

Project Summary

Dr Bishop’s laboratory focuses on the early, post-entry replication of retroviruses including HIV and MLV. She is interested in understanding the molecular events that occur when a retrovirus infects its target cell. Details of research projects currently being undertaken can be seen at: Her lab use a wide range of research techniques including virological, biochemical and microscopy techniques and collaborate closely with structural biologists.

Key Responsibilities

These include but are not limited to;

  • Investigating research questions and developing specific research project(s) under guidance from Dr Bishop
  • Providing significant contribution to the production of research papers for publication, under guidance from Dr Bishop
  • Providing specialist advice and guidance, sharing knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others
  • Presenting findings to group members and other internal audiences
  • Presenting work externally at international meetings
  • Following Postdoctoral Training programme
  • Developing academic independence
  • Improving established protocols and/or develops new protocols
  • May be required to guide others

Person Specification

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:


  • PhD in virology or molecular biology or in the final stages of PhD submission
  • Good knowledge and understanding of retrovirology
  • Expertise in molecular biology and biochemical techniques
  • Expertise in cell culture and making stable cell lines
  • Expertise in flow cytometry
  • Ability to define and solve research questions
  • Pro-active in innovation and problem solving
  • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by publications or submitted manuscripts in refereed journals
  • Proven experience of data presentation at scientific meetings
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision using own initiative to organise and prioritise own work
  • Ability to work well in a team including willingness to share knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others
  • Potential to guide PhD students and other junior lab members in their research


  • Research experience with retroviruses
  • Experience in working with primary blood cells
  • Experience in confocal microscopy

Postdoctoral Training Fellows are expected to lead their own projects, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and guide PhD students in their research. The ability to work in a team is essential.

Please note: all offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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