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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th September 2020
Closes: 25th October 2020
Job Ref: 96282

Fixed Term 12 months

The post holder will be based in the group of Professor Paul Moss in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy; working on a Department of Health and Social Care funded project aimed at investigating SARS-CoV-2 specific T cell responses in various cohorts, particularly those living and working in the care home sector.

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

  • 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 the results of own research and generate original ideas based on outcomes
  • Design a successful programme of investigation, managing individual components of the study from the start of the project to dissemination of research findings for publication, research seminars etc within set timeframes.
  • Make and contribute to decisions on day to day matters that affect their own work and that of the team
  • Keep abreast of the literature and maintain a good working knowledge of the background and current developments in the field of the project.

Person Specification

With a PhD in a relevant subject area and laboratory experience in immunology, preferably viral immunology, you are expected to have practical experience in immunophenotyping, and T-cell based functional assays. Proven experience in the isolation and enrichment of immune cell subsets would be an advantage.

Techniques required

  • experience of isolation, enrichment, and culturing of immune cell subsets
  • experience of phenotypic and functional characterisation of lymphocytic and myeloid cells from fresh and frozen specimens
  • extensive experience of flow cytometry and experience of cell sorting
  • knowledge of T cell cloning including the discovery of novel HLA restricted specific peptide epitopes.
  • knowledge of PCR techniques including RT-qPCR and endpoint PCR.

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