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Research Fellow

University of Leeds - Leeds Institute of Medical Research (LIMR)

Location: Leeds
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 24th September 2021
Job Ref: MHLMR1060

Do you have a background in cancer biology, cancer immunology, immunotherapy or virology?   Do you want to further your research career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

Next generation oncolytic viruses to treat ovarian cancer

We are seeking a research fellow to work on a project investigating virus-based treatments of ovarian cancer. This is a collaborative project involving Dr Fiona Errington-Mais and Professor Graham Cook from the Leeds Institute of Medical Research along with Professor Alan Melcher and Dr Susana Banerjee (Institute of Cancer Research, London) and Professor Iain McNeish (Imperial College). You will use a range of immunological, molecular and virus-based methods to study experimental therapeutic approaches that induce anti-tumour immunity in ovarian cancer, using both patient samples and model systems .   This post is full time for 30 months.

Harnessing the power of our own immune systems – immunotherapy - is showing increasing promise for the treatment of otherwise incurable malignancies. Cancer-killing, or “oncolytic” viruses are increasingly used to evoke therapeutic immune responses in cancer patients, an example of which is now commonly used to treat malignant melanoma in the skin. This project, which is funded by Ovarian Cancer Action, will develop and use oncolytic viruses that encode molecules designed to alter the tumour microenvironment and favour anti-tumour immunity. 

You will have a background in biomedical research in cancer immunology/immunotherapy field and an interest in applying your expertise to the study of ovarian cancer immunotherapy. You will join a team of researchers focussing on basic and applied cancer immunology.

You will have a background in cancer cell biology, immunology or virology, and an interest in applying that expertise to the study of tumour immunotherapy. You will join a team of researchers focussing on the mechanisms of virus-host interactions in the cancer field.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Graham Cook     



Dr Fiona Errington-Mais 


The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The School of Medicine holds a Gold Athena Swan award.   We are committed to being an inclusive Medical School that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

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