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Post -Doctoral Research Associate (Ref 176-20.21)

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - Department of Tropical Disease Biology

Location: Liverpool
Salary: £34,804 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th January 2021
Closes: 21st February 2021
Job Ref: 176-20.21

Full-time, fixed-term appointment for 1 year

Based in Liverpool

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Post-Doctoral Research Associate to assist in the establishment of a pre-clinical intracellular HG3 screening platform.

Funded by a ERDF Formulation Chemistry award, initially this role will be involved in the development and operation of platforms for SARS-Cov-2 drug and anti-infective screening (other pathogen screens to be developed once these established) at industry standards and tractable for use for medium-throughput drug screening service provision.

Screening activities will include R&D studies as well as service-level projects.  The role will require engagement and knowledge transfer with academic and non-academic industrial partners.  The successful candidate will work with the team and PI to design studies to determine the mode of action of hits.

Key Responsibilities are (but not limited to):

  • Collaborate with Chemistry co-investigators and industry partners
  • Assist with the establishment of more complex and physiological-like screens
  • Assist with the coordination of semi-automated systems for data analysis
  • Implement and manage record keeping at GLP-like standards
  • Write relevant laboratory documents e.g. SOPs/Risk Assessments/Training documents
  • Contribute to drafts of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Develop and perform experimental approaches to address MoA analysis of hits
  • Generate ideas and data to support new project applications
  • Liaise with national agencies, professional bodies and industrial partners

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work as an integral and cooperative member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-national research team.  You will have well-developed research skills and be able to work independently as well as within a team with the ability to effectively present research findings in oral and written format.

Ideally you will be able to demonstrate: 

  • PhD in biomedical research
  • Knowledge and /or training in drug screening and analysis
  • Training in relevant HG3 Health & Safety legislation and procedures
  • Experience in microbiology and/or virology
  • Experience in pharmacology (desirable)
  • Experience of working with drug screening
  • Experience of working with bacteria, particularly intracellular bacteria
  • Experience of working with SARS-COV-2 (desirable)
  • Track-record of publishing high impact studies
  • Experience of presenting at data to external audiences

 (For a full list of essential and desirable criteria please refer to the job description and person specification)

Closing Date: 21st February 2021

We reserve the right to withdraw this advertisement at any time depending on application volumes; therefore, an early submission of application is encouraged.

Should you have any specific questions about the position please contact Sindy Chow at

About LSTM

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, NGOs, private organisations and global institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics.

Inclusion is central to our values at LSTM

We seek to attract and recruit people who reflect the diversity across our communities, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, faith or belief, social background, age and disability. LSTM selects candidates based on skills, qualifications, and experience.

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