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Research Fellow

The University of Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th September 2019
Closes: 18th October 2019
Job Ref: 049664

Fixed term for 24 months

The Roslin Institute

A vacancy exists for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow (grade UE07) within the Division of Infection & Immunity at The Roslin Institute. The project aims to evaluate glycoconjugate vaccines for the control of avian diseases and zoonoses and to define the nature and consequences of vaccine-induced responses. The post is supported by sLoLa funding from the BBSRC for two years.

The post-holder will join a consortium that aims to develop and evaluate novel vaccines for control of Campylobacter and necrotic enteritis in poultry. Campylobacter is the leading cause of foodborne diarrhoeal illness in the developed world and infections are frequently acquired from contaminated poultry meat. Necrotic enteritis is caused in-part by Clostridium perfringens and is a severe impediment to avian productivity and welfare. Vaccines are urgently required for control of these agents and the post-holder will work with collaborators at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Universities of Cambridge and Exeter who are devising subunit and live vaccines that harness novel protein-glycan coupling technology. The project will involve the testing of candidate vaccines and analysis of host responses in poultry. S/he will work closely with a Research Technician deployed on the same project.

The successful applicant will have a Ph. D (or PhD-near-completion) in a closely-related discipline and knowledge of routine methods in microbiology, immunology and molecular biology. S/he will have a proven record of productive research and an ability to work independently and as part of a team. Experience of work with animals under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and handling of pathogens is desirable.

This post is available from 1 January 2020, or sooner by mutual agreement. Potential applicants may contact Professor Mark Stevens in confidence to discuss the post (E-mail:

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