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Professor of Immunology (E&R)

University of Exeter - The Diabetes Centre of Excellence at the University of Exeter Medical School (CMH)

Location: Exeter
Salary: Competitive salary reflecting qualification and experience. For clinical appointments, salary will be on the clinical scales according to clinical experience.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th August 2019
Closes: 24th September 2019
Job Ref: P01301

Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme (including NHS Pension if eligible) and relocation package (if applicable); look here for more information about the benefits of working at the University of Exeter.

This permanent, full time post as a Professor of Immunology is available from November 2019. 

The University of Exeter Medical School is renowned for its world-leading diabetes research, and has recently been awarded £6million investment from Research England as part of ‘Expanding Excellence in England.’

Immunology is a priority for the Diabetes Centre of Excellence and the University of Exeter Medical School. We are keen to develop novel and exciting research into autoimmunity in Type 1 diabetes (T1D) in man by making multiple appointments at different levels. Key areas for new work could include defining the mechanism of unique insights into from Exeter into T1D: the different autoimmune patterns seen in human pancreata close to diagnosis (Morgan, Richardson), the persistence of viral DNA in T1D pancreata (Richardson, Morgan), the persistence of a small subset of functioning beta-cells in long term T1D (Oram), Type 1 diabetes in the elderly (Hattersley, Jones) and the description of novel and known monogenic autoimmunity predisposing to early-onset diabetes (Flanagan, Hattersley). The aim will be to develop work on human samples both the unique collection of pancreas samples taken close to diagnosis and long term and samples from patients.

To make progress in human Type 1 diabetes is likely to need novel approaches. We therefore we encourage applications from innovative immunologists either working in Type 1 diabetes at present or from those with experience in other areas of human autoimmunity who may not have worked on Type 1 diabetes but have relevant approaches and techniques. The immunologists will be able to work on novel and pioneering approaches using unique human pancreas samples obtained at the time of diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Equipment to support applicants includes preferential access to Next Generation Sequencing, state of the art cell sorters and a new high-resolution, automated, digital pathology system. Key collaborators for this post will be the Immunologists led by Professor Gordon Brown in the recently established Centre for Medical Mycology. The ultimate aim is to understand the underlying disease processes in order to understand mechanisms in T1D, to stimulate the development and application of novel immunotherapies and inform the design of new clinical trials.

We welcome applications from Professors with skills in these areas, both those who have already applied these skills to diabetes research and those who would be keen to do so. 

You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here.

If you are as excited about your future as we are about ours; if you share our aspirations and vision, and would like to embrace an opportunity to work on innovative and stimulating research, please contact us to find out more about how we can work together. 

Please contact Starr Young, Recruitment Lead at in the first instance to arrange an informal discussion.

We will offer generous set up packages for candidates that transfer significant research grants to the University.

All applicants must be able to start at the University of Exeter before 1st July 2020.

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