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Postdoctoral Scientist in Immunology

The Pirbright Institute - Avian Immunology

Location: Pirbright
Salary: From £40,374 Band E; with higher remuneration considered depending on experience and qualifications
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021
Job Ref: 21P-107

Organisation position

The post is funded by BBSRC and the post holder will broadly work to investigate the role of different immune cells in pathogenesis of a cancer model in chickens. Our current projects involve studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the induction of protective immune responses against viral infections such as Marek’s Disease Virus and Avian Influenza Virus in chicken. We are a friendly and multicultural research team composed of principal investigator, three postdocs and two PhD students, collaborating with several groups within the institute and other UK and international Institutions.

The Postdoctoral fellow will be a pivotal member of the team supporting the Avian Immunology research group in delivering excellent science and helping to perform in vivo and in vitro experiments to study host-pathogen interaction in chickens as part of the wider Institute scientific strategy. This position will report to head of Avian Immunology Group, Dr. Shahriar Behboudi.

Main duties and responsibility

  • Developing research project to meet the objectives outlined in the project funded by BBSRC to study immune response againt viral infection in chickens
  • Supporting other scientists to advance our understanding on host-pathogen interaction
  • Obtaining relevant home office licenses for animal experimentation and conducting in vivo experiments in chickens
  • Generating high impact research publications based on the findings from the research projects
  • Contributing to and helping to develop innovative research projects for securing additional funding
  • Supporting senior colleagues to enhance the international impact of the Institute by participation in meetings, joint projects and other activities
  • Apply for studentships and external funding
  • Supervising and training postgraduate students
  • Supporting senior and junior colleagues and sharing laboratory and research resources
  • Supporting the operational and academic management activities of the Institute
  • Help with the day-to-day supervision and training of students

Personal specification

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to supervise postgraduate students
  • Ability to present the results in national and international scientific meeting
  • Proven ability to write mansucripts, review article and grant appliocations
  • Evidence of efficient working and keeping well organised archives and high quality records of research data
  • A willingness to show initiative in developing and planning new strategies and new techniques and to achieve research goals
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent and effective communications with other laboratory members and can provide both written and oral examples of liaising regularly with the Group Leader to develop and discuss ideas

Specific requirements

  • Proven research skills in cellular and molecular immunology
  • The ability to supervise postgraduate students
  • The ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project


  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant branch of biosciences
  • An excellent record of research productivity, commensurate to the applicant’s experience
  • Experience in immunology including flow cytometry, ELISA, ELISPOT and proliferation assay
  • Excellent knowledge in Immunology
  • Experience in cellular biology techniques
  • Evidence of working with animals
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Evidence of experience of change-management, influencing and strategic vision

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