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KTP Associate (Serology Test Developer)

University of Aberdeen - School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Location: Aberdeen
Salary: £30,000 to £34,600 The successful candidate will also receive a personal development budget of £5,000.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th December 2023
Closes: 31st January 2024
Job Ref: IMS279R

Project limited for 30 months.

The Aberdeen Cardiovascular and Diabetes Centre at the University of Aberdeen and Vertebrate Antibodies Limited (VAL) (a subsidiary of EpitogenX) will work together to further fundamental and applied research to enhance current knowledge of Diabetes, with a strong emphasis on the development of advanced diabetes diagnostic solutions. A key area of focus is on the molecular signatures underpinning autoimmune diabetes subtypes, utilising the project team’s knowledge and existing technologies for the development of novel screening diagnostic assays.

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) subtypes are often diagnosed too late, commonly once the patient is hospitalised due to diabetic ketoacidosis coma. This can be life threatening and also lead to long-term damage of the body.

Currently, there are no screening tests in the UK despite the fact that early diagnosis could help identify early-stage T1D before the onset of severe symptoms and coma. With early diagnosis, monitoring plans can be developed, with more rapid testing of potential prevention therapies. Multiple autoantibody tests are required for diagnosis, often performed across several specialised clinical laboratories, making the diagnostic process lengthy, complex and expensive. This project aims to improve and expedite testing, establishing a new standard in diabetes diagnosis.

This 30-month fixed term post is jointly funded by Innovate UK and Vertebrate Antibodies Limited through the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme. KTP provides talented graduates the opportunity to manage a strategic innovation project that will drive business growth, supported by an expert academic team.

Salary will be paid at the rate £30,000 to £34,600 per annum. The successful candidate will also receive a personal development budget of £5,000.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Mirela Delibegovic, Professor in Diabetes Physiology & Signalling (m.delibegovic@abdn.ac.uk).

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Grant Rae, HR Adviser (e-mail: grant.rae@abdn.ac.uk) for further information.  

To apply online for this position visit www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs

Job Reference Number:  IMS279R

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 31 January 2024

The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring.  Applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.

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