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Research Fellow (sir Jules Thorn Award)

University of Birmingham - Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th February 2020
Closes: 10th March 2020
Job Ref: 80968

College of Medical and Dental and Sciences

Full time, FTC until 30/03/24

Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health and DBS clearance.

We are looking for a skilled post-doctoral research fellow to actively participate and contribute to this exciting programme of bench to bedside delivery of regulatory T cell therapy delivery in autoimmune liver disease with Sir Jules Thorn Award.

The programme of research is both basic science and early phase translational regulatory T cell therapy trial delivery from prestigious Sir Jules Thorn Award.

The job will involve working in a multidisciplinary team with clinicians, research nurses (from Birmingham BRC), clinical research fellows, cell therapy team, other post-doctoral scientists, research technician and PhD students/intercalated medical students.

Flexibility of working time is crucial as majority of work evolve around clinical samples (blood and tissue). Great communication skills is an essential component as the programme of research involve multiple collaborators in UK and abroad.

Main Duties

  • To deliver the research programme in autoimmune liver diseases supervised by PI
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for high impact publications, research seminars etc
  • Collaborate actively both nationally and globally related to autoimmune research programme

Person specification

  • PhD in Immunology (or near to completion) and understanding/experience in autoimmunity.
  • Cell therapy experience is highly desirable, punctuality is a requirement.
  • FACS, cell sorting
  • Interactive and quick communication skills
  • GCP certificate
  • To lead lab team and conduct weekly lab meeting
  • Essential to have skills of great communicator and team player, leadership potential
  • Previous experience with CyTOF, 10X gene analysis, TCR/BCR repertoire analysis is highly desirable
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly both in basic science and translational aspect
  • Competent in FACS, PCR, immunostaining, cell culture techniques, interpreting results and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Developing new methodology such as machine perfusion
  • To work with team for immunology assays during trial period
  • Ability to assess resource requirements in the group, purchase and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration process of Institute, Birmingham BRC and Centre for Liver and Gastroenterology Research.

Grade 7

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year.

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