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MRC Programme Leader - Immunology

University of Cambridge - MRC Toxicology Unit

Director of Research level, Grade 12, Competitive Salary

The MRC Toxicology Unit is a leading International Research Institute within the School of Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge. The Unit delivers high impact mechanistic toxicology research, pursuing hypothesis-driven toxicological questions with a particular focus on the study of the causal links between exposure to endogenous and exogenous toxicants, molecular initiating events and adverse outcome pathways.  The Unit's overall aims are to carry out pioneering research which leads to improved health and to train and mentor the next generation of toxicologists. The research environment provides state-of-the-art research facilities including microscopy, Cryo-EM, flow cytometry, proteomics, bioinformatics and imaging. 

We are seeking to recruit a Programme Leader, at Director of Research level, to the Unit's new Inflammatory Responses and Immune Regulation theme. We would be particularly interested in research programmes which include the study of adverse effects on the immune system resulting from therapeutic exposure to biologics, e.g. immune modulators and CAR- T cells, adverse immune responses to chemicals and environmental agents including respiratory tract allergies or autoimmunity, although other areas relevant to immuno-toxicology will be considered. The position comes with an attractive research funding package, including core-funded postdoctoral posts and PhD studentships.

As Director of Research you will develop the scientific strategy for your research programme and contribute to the strategic direction of the Unit. Leading a team of researchers and students you will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in your research subject, maintain a successful programme of funding; collaborate externally and internally to advance thinking and disseminate your research in international papers and at international conferences.

Applicants must have a PhD and an international reputation within their field; they will have led original research in a relevant area and be able to build effective and sustainable international collaborative partnerships. They will have the vision, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths within the Unit as well as an established track record in attracting research grant support.

This is an open-ended position funded by the Medical Research Council, renewable every 5 years.

For further details about the MRC Toxicology Unit visit:

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter, CV and contact details of your referees with your application. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a short programme outline.

The closing date for this vacancy is Sunday 9th June 2019.

Informal enquiries are invited and can be directed to Anne Willis at

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Rebecca Heatherley at

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

Please quote reference PU19023 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd May 2019
Closes: 9th June 2019
Job Ref: PU19023
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