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Research Assistant

University of Oxford - The Jenner Institute

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,332 to £38,205 with a discretionary range to £41,732 p.a. (pro rata)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 9th January 2024
Job Ref: 169798

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated Research Assistant, preferably with previous experience with Malaria, Immunology, and/ or Vaccinology to join the prestigious Malaria Group led by Professor Adrian Hill at Jenner Institute, Nuffield Department of Medicine.

The position involves supporting research in the malaria vaccine groups within the Jenner Institute for the development and assessment of multi-stage malaria vaccine candidates against Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax. At present, the focus will be on the assessment of mRNA and/or virus-like particle vaccine candidates. This role involves performing research work to a high standard using techniques such as cell culture, protein expression, purification and analysis, and advanced microscopy (e.g. TEM, IFA, Western Blot, and Fluorescence microscopy). You will participate in the research programme to identify, design and assess new target antigens as vaccine candidates. You will gather, analyse and present scientific data from variety of sources whilst contributing to scientific reports and journal articles and the presentation of data/papers. Throughout, you will maintain confidentiality regarding research data when interacting with non-collaborating researchers.

It is essential that you have a first degree in a relevant biological subject (or equivalent) with a keen interest in malaria and immunology of infectious diseases. You will have knowledge and understanding of immunology and vaccinology with experience of or desire to learn pathogen and cell culture techniques. You will be self-motivated, technically competent and capable of working independently in a laboratory with good computer skills. Having experience in in vivo work with high competence in animal welfare and handling techniques, different procedures and injection routes is highly desirable.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full-time on a fixed term contract for 18 months and is funded by both the Gates Foundation Award and the European Union UltiMalvax project.

Only applications received before 12 midday on Tuesday 9 January 2023 will be considered. Please quote 169798 on all correspondence.

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