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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Leicester - Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

Location: Leicester
Salary: £34,189 Grade 7, per annum due to funding restrictions
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th September 2018
Closes: 24th September 2018
Job Ref: 384
 
Vacancy terms: Full-time fixed term post for up to 13 months or until 31 October 2019, whichever is sooner
Hours per week: 37.5

About the role

You will develop, plan and carry out a research project aimed at characterising allergens from fungi identified as potentially having a role in asthma, using relevant metholodolgy, specialised techniques and taking a role in project management. You will use immunoprecipitation, western blot and mass spectrometry to characterise the fungal antigens, produce recombinant proteins by standard cDNA cloning techniques and develop an ELISA to help determine their clinical relevance.

You will use your excellent communication skills to liaise with external collaborators in research charities, government and private organisations as well as taking part in critical discussion and exchange of ideas within the research group and wider department. 

About you

With a PhD in clinical mycology and immunology and a basic understanding of asthma and related conditions, you will have experience in a range of relevant techniques and methodologies and a thorough knowledge of the research field. 

You must have a track record of involvement in innovative research resulting in research publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations, ideally at national and international meetings. Experience in preparing grant and fellowship applications would be beneficial.

Additional information

The Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation is committed to sustaining a progressive, equality driven environment in which all our staff can thrive. We believe this can be accomplished through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between work and personal lives, we consider proposals for flexible working as well as job share arrangements.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.

Informal queries are welcome and should be made to Dr Catherine Pashley on chp5@leicester.ac.uk 

   
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