Research Assistant / Associate

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

Postholder will be involved in a four year Wellcome Trust funded collaborative project focused on antigenic variation in African trypanosomes of livestock. The successful applicant will be based in the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology (WCMP), Glasgow, but will be part of consortium of labs, with frequent interaction and research exchange, primarily with Edinburgh (School of Biological Sciences and Roslin Institute), but also Liverpool, Lisbon (Portugal), Heidelberg (Germany) and Baltimore (USA). After a year, the postholder will also interact with mathematical modellers, supervised by Christina Cobbold at the School of Mathematics, Glasgow.

The postholder will be working under the supervision of Dr Richard McCulloch (Principal Investigator) within WCMP, which is part of the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at Glasgow University.

To post will analyse antigenic diversity (expressed and genomic) in trypanosome parasites in infections in wild type and mutant mice and in cattle. Mutant parasite lines, impairing the capacity for antigenic variation via recombination, will be generated and analysed in vitro and in vivo.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 6/7, £28,098 - £31,604/£34,520 - £38,833 per annum.

This post is full time and has funding for 4 years.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

Informal enquires about the post should be directed to Dr Richard McCulloch ( or phone 0141 330 5946.

Vacancy ref: 019447, Closing date: 10 December 2017.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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