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Research Assistant

Cardiff University - Division of Infection and Immunity

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £27,025 to £31,302 per annum (Grade 5)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 1st October 2018
Job Ref: 7808BR

A Research Assistant position is available in the group of Professor Andrew Sewell (Division of Infection & Immunity and Systems Immunity Research Institute, The School of Medicine) under the supervision of Dr Garry Dolton. Research conducted by the team examines the role of T cells in health and disease. Current activities within the laboratory cover many aspects of T-cell biology, including autoimmunity, cancer surveillance, allorejection and host-protection against pathogens.

The role will entail working with Dr Garry Dolton and a cancer-charity funded PhD student to develop natural and non-natural peptide vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer. This will be funded by a 'Translational Kickstarter Award' to build on our current findings, thereby facilitating publication in scientific journals, procurement of further funding and strengthening of relations with industrial partners.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant and well-funded research environment, which includes established investigators, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, visiting scholars and undergraduate students. The applicant will gain first-hand experience or be exposed to techniques and approaches covered by tissue culture, molecular biology (including CRISPR/Cas9 technology), and structural and biophysical analyses of antigen receptors. Your role will involve growing and maintain T-cell clones from humans and pigs, performing combinatorial peptide library screens, and assessing T-cell function using methods such as ELISA and flow cytometry. We will work closely with clinicians and livestock immunologists to obtain relevant material for the work to be conducted. Full training will be provided.

For further information, prospective candidates should contact Dr Garry Dolton (

This is a full time, fixed term position of 35 hours per week and available immediately until 31st August 2019.

Salary: £27,025 - £31,302 per annum (Grade 5).

Closing date: Monday, 1 October 2018  

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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