Research Associate

University College London - UCL Division of Infection and Immunity

Applications are invited for two Post Doctoral Research Associate positions in the UCL Division of Infection and Immunity in Dr Laura McCoy's research group covered by MRC and ERC funding respectively.

Dr McCoy's group aims to understand the fundamental regulation of host virus-specific immune responses during chronic HIV infection and the development of broadly neutralising antibodies.

One postdoctoral position will involve studying neutralising antibodies against the patient's own HIV strains and viral mechanisms of escape. The second position will aim to identify B cell factors associated to the development of broadly neutralising antibodies against HIV.

Dr McCoy's research group uses single B cell cloning, antibody characterisation and viral neutralisation assays, transcriptomics and microscopy. The overaching goal of the McCoy laboratory is to understand antibody responses during viral infection and to elucidate the rules of B cell immunodominance and clonal selection.

See for further information. The post holders will be based at the Cruciform Building on the main UCL Bloomsbury Campus.

Both posts are available for 1 year in the first instance with the possibility of extension until the end of the grants in 2023.

The successful applicants should have a PhD (or be about to be awarded) in immunology, virology or microbiology. A sound understanding of the adaptive immune system and strong interest in HIV biology are essential. Competency in molecular biology and primary cell culture and experience of protein production and purification are highly desirable. They must be able to manage time and work to strict deadlines. They must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with a wide range of colleagues.

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

UCL vacancy reference:  1711900      

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. Informal enquiries about the project can be made by email to Dr Laura McCoy at If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Isabel Lubeiro by email at

Interview Date: TBC

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