Postdoctoral Research Assistant

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work in the laboratory of Dr Michael Gaunt and Prof Michael Miles in collaboration with Prof Polly Roy. The post is based in London at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the successful applicant will take part in a novel research project that will use cutting edge sequence technologies and reverse genetic engineering to investigate the transmission patterns of Zika virus, a causative agent of congenital microcephaly. 

The post-holder will also provide support to the group, including the ordering and maintaining of laboratory supplies, keeping meticulous records of experimental results, and collating and analysing research data to prepare it for presentation and publication.

The successful applicant will have a PhD degree in a relevant area of biological sciences, proven experience of laboratory work in molecular virology, as well as virus reverse genetics, familiarity with international standards for laboratory safety, experience of working in a category level 3 laboratory, excellent management, organizational, written and verbal communication skills, willingness to assist in the training of students, visiting workers or new staff in the laboratory. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.

The post is funded by EU2020 for a period of two years and is available from 1st May 2018. The salary will be on the Academic Grade 5 scale in the range £33,567 to £38,533 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. 

Applications should be made online via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Please quote reference ITD-PMBD-2018-03. 

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet eachof the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

Further details: Job Description

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