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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - Tropical Disease Biology

Location: Liverpool
Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 Grade 7, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 31st May 2024
Closes: 26th June 2024
Job Ref: MAY20244368

Full-time, Fixed-term appointment (until July 2026)

Based in Liverpool

Key responsibilities include:

MRC DPFS project

  • Engagement with Global Access Diagnostics (GADx) to monitor progress on the developmental phases of the LFA
  • Production of analytical specificity data on a panel of viral and bacterial pathogens in BSL2/3 LSTM laboratories
  • Sequencing of CCHFV strains from clinical samples from Iraq and Turkey.
  • Leading on the production of ethics protocols and trial manual for the diagnostic trial taking place in Turkey in 2025
  • Training the in-country teams in Turkey and preparation for the clinical diagnostic evaluation taking place in 2025
  • Communication and coordination of activities with the core team, Global Health Trial Unit, GADx and international partners in Turkey and Iraq to ensure successful delivery of the project milestones

LifeArc project

  • Production of monoclonal antibody (mAbs) against RFVF antigens through isolation of PMBCs
  • Working alongside GADx on the screening of the mAbs and development of LFA prototypes
  • Production of analytical specificity data on a panel of viral and bacterial pathogens in BSL2/3 LSTM laboratories
  • Culturing of RVFV viral isolates of different lineages and performing limit of detection (LOD) experiments on the LFAs in BSL3 LSTM laboratories

General responsibilities

  • Liaising, working collaboratively with, and providing support to other members of the team and collaborators
  • Leading on the data analysis, design, execution, and write-up of research projects for publication
  • Developing appropriate Risk Assessments, SOPs and protocols to local and legal requirements
  • Recording all experimental data generated promptly and accurately, in accordance with relevant standard operating procedures, policies, guidelines protocols and best practice

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • PhD Qualification in a relevant subject
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations and legal requirements, including experience related to the handling of HG2/3 organisms and working in a CL2/3 environment
  • Experience of diagnostics methods (LFA, qPCR, ELISA)
  • Experience in sequencing
  • Knowledge of diagnostic evaluation trials
  • Experience on leading manuscript drafting for publication

In return we offer:

  • A salary of £38,205 - £44,263 depending on experience
  • 30 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, and additional Christmas closure days
  • Generous occupational pension schemes
  • Government backed “cycle to work” scheme
  • Affiliated, discounted staff membership to the University of Liverpool Sports Centre
  • Plus, a host of additional family friendly policies

Application Process: 

To apply for the position please click on the apply link and upload your CV and covering letter.

Due to the volume of applications, we receive, we may close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for the role.

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. 

We welcome conversations about flexible working; and applications from those returning to employment after a break from their careers. 

About LSTM 

Founded in 1898 and the oldest of its kind in the world, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases.

Look at some of the great work we have achieved over the past year by viewing our annual report: https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/annual-reports-and-financial-statements

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