Research Associate in Molecular Microbiology

University College London - Infection and Immunity

A post is available for a Research Associate in Molecular Microbiology to work in the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Mucosal Pathogens. This is an exciting new translational programme within UCL's Global Health Grand Challenges, addressing limitations in the long-term effectiveness of existing vaccines through new approaches to interrupting pathogen carriage/transmission in lower and middle income countries (LMICs). Directed by Professor Robert Heyderman and co-directed by Professor David Goldblatt, the MPRU will focus on mucosal pathogens causing pneumonia, meningitis and neonatal sepsis which account for >2 million deaths each year globally and are associated with substantive disability.

The post holder will lead and support projects that address the molecular epidemiology and microbial pathogenesis of mucosal pathogens that cause pneumonia, meningitis and septis. The postholder will focus on the assessment of the microbial factors that influence the carriage and transmission of Streptococcus pneumonia and Neisseria meningitidis in African population in the context of natural carriage and vaccine intervention.

There will be an opportunity to gain skills in transcriptomic and microbiome analysis; and visit our African partners in the field. The postholder will work with a group of epidemiologists, mathematical modellers, clinicians, trialists, vaccinologists, immunologists, bacterial geneticists and pathogen biologists.

The post is funded for 30 months in the first instance.

A PhD (or equivalent degree) or about to submit in a relevant subject is required; in-depth knowledge and experience of molecular microbiology is an essential requirement as well as experience of assembly, curation and analysis of bacterial WGS datasets. In addition a sound understanding of Health and Safety issues and a good working knowledge of data management and presentation software applications is required. The post holder should also be willing to travel abroad.

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

UCL vacancy reference: 1712229     

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. If you have any queries regarding this vacancy please email Isabel Lubeiro on i.lubeiro@ucl.ac.uk.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59

Interview Date: TBC

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