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Current vacancies

PhD Studentship In Host-Microbiome Interactions

An exciting opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD studentship within the Host-Pathogen Interactions research group led by Prof Rachel McLoughlin in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin.

This studentship will investigate how colonisation with an important member of the respiratory microbiome, Staphylococcus aureus, influences development of adaptive immune memory (expansion and activation of resident memory Tcells) and also innate immune memory (modulation of monocyte/macrophage function and metabolic activity), and will determine if this induced memory influences the response to subsequent bacterial and viral infection. Knowledge gained will provided much needed insights into the mechanism by which S. aureus modulates host immunity and facilitate the development of new vaccines and immunomodulatory therapies urgently required to treat pathogenic infections.

The PhD student will have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art in vivo models of bacterial colonisation using gnotobiotic mice and will acquire technical expertise in immunology, microbiology and metabolism. The student will be encouraged to attend national and international conferences to present their research findings and will have the opportunity to publish in high impact journals. The student will join a wider team of both academic and clinical researchers investigating all aspects of S. aureus immunity.

The studentship will be for 4 years and the successful applicant will be expected to have a first-class honours degree or a high upper second in a biological subject (preferably with a significant immunology component). We are looking for a highly motived candidate with a strong background in cell biology and immunology, ideally in the context of infection. The successful candidate will receive a stipend of €18,000, plus EU fees will be covered for 4 years

Institution/Organisation:
Trinity College Dublin
Application deadline:
Postdoctoral reserach associate in epitope discovery

This post is made available through a Cancer Research UK - Programme Foundation Award. Dr Michele Mishto (Dep. of Immunobiology & CIBCI) is lead investigator of a project entitled “Identification of tumour-specific spliced epitopes to target large cohorts of cancer patients by immunotherapy”. The project is funded by Cancer Research UK (programme Foundation Award) for 6 years, beginning in 2021.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead, under the supervision of Dr Mishto, a programme of research whose principal aim is to identify HLA-I-restricted spliced neoepitopes useful for anti-cancer immunotherapies, characterise their generation and functional antigenicity in melanoma and pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients. Detailed knowledge of applied cellular and molecular biology and immunobiology, biochemistry, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics would be highly advantageous.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to interact with national and international collaborators with a broad expertise, which varies from computational biology to clinics. This post will be located in the Centre for Inflammation Biology and Cancer Immunology (CIBCI) in New Hunt's House on the Guy's Campus, King's College London.

Institution/Organisation:
King's Colleg London
Application deadline:
Postdoctoral research associate

This post is made available through a BRC3 (Infection and Immunity theme) fund. Dr Michele Mishto (Dep. of Immunobiology & CIBCI) is lead investigator of a project entitled “Epitope discovery to develop novel anti-cancer immunotherapies avoiding autoimmune responses”. The successful candidate will be expected to lead, under the supervision of Dr Mishto, a programme of research whose principal aim is to identify and characterise HLA-I restricted epitopes useful for anti-cancer immunotherapies and isolate tool for translational applications. Detailed knowledge of applied cellular and molecular biology and immunobiology would be highly advantageous.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to interact with national and international collaborators with a broad expertise, which varies from computational biology to clinics. This post will be located in the Centre for Inflammation Biology and Cancer Immunology (CIBCI) in New Hunt's House on the Guy's Campus, King's College London

Institution/Organisation:
King's Colleg London
Application deadline:
Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Blizard Institute

Centre for Immunobiology

QMUL are looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in investigating how immunity in older people with asthma changes and how this effects treatment responses - this post is funded by Barts Charity. The position will be based in the lab of Dr Emma Chambers in the Centre for Immunobiology, Blizard Institute at Barts and The London Medical School. The successful candidate should have excellent communication skills, together with the ability to organize and motivate others. They should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and innovation when faced with challenges and will utilise cross-disciplinary approaches in conducting their research.

Ageing is a global burden and older people are living longer with chronic diseases such as asthma. However, most clinical and research studies on phenotype and control of asthmatic disease to-date have focussed on younger patients, often actively excluding older participants. The aim of the lab is to understand how immunity changes with age and how ageing effects asthma phenotype, severity and treatment responses.

Dr Chambers’ group uses a wide range of immunological and molecular biology techniques including but not limited to; 12-20 colour flow cytometry, isolation of PBMCS, bead based isolation of leukocyte populations, long- and short-term cell culture of primary human cells, cytometric bead array, ELISA, western blots, metabolic analysis of immune cells, confocal microscopy and RNAseq. 

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to learn new techniques and employ their previous experience, which should cover a broad range of immunological and tissue culture techniques. Expertise in immunology, at least 8-12 colour flow cytometry, isolating PBMCs, in vitro cell culture, cytokine assessment by cytometric bead array and/or ELISA is particularly desirable. The successful candidate may be required to assist in other areas of research.

Institution/Organisation:
Queen Mary, University of London
Application deadline:
Postdoctoral Scientist
This Postdoctoral Scientist position is a key role within the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Pirbright Livestock Antibody Hub.
 
Main duties and responsibility
  • Responsible for conducting research to improve our understanding of antibody Fc and Fc-receptor functions in these livestock species (cattle, pigs, chicken), which will include:
  • (CDC) for IgG subclasses, IgA and IgM.cytotoxicity) and antibody mediated complement dependent ADCP), antibody directed cellular phagocytosis (ADCC (cytotoxicityDeveloping in vitro assays to measure antibody-dependent cellular
  • Contributing to animal studies to evaluate the protective properties of individual antibodies.
  • Supporting studies to determine the affinity of antibody binding to Fc receptors.
  • Responsible for working as part of an established team, which will include:
  • Communicating progress and data

Specific requirements

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant branch of biosciences
  • Evidence of networking skills with the ability to build effective collaborative relationships
  • ADCP and ADCC, ELISA, ELISpotExperience in immunology including flow cytometry, analysis of cellular and humoral responses,
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Evidence of experience of change-management, influencing and strategic vision
Institution/Organisation:
Pirbright Institute
Application deadline:
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cancer Immunology - Grade 7

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Institute of Translational Medicine

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Centre for Drug Safety Science, Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Institute of Translational Medicine. The position is associated with a recently awarded Northwest Cancer Research (NWCR) grant to study the role of soluble isoform of checkpoint receptor CTLA-4 in immune homeostasis, cancer immune regulation and its utility as a biomarker for drug toxicity. The institute is seeking motivated and skilled individual who is prepared to take a leading role in advancing project from both an experimental and intellectual standpoint. You should have a PhD in immunology, molecular biology, cancer biology, biomedicine or a closely related area. You should have broad knowledge of cancer immunology with high level skills in cell culture, molecular assays, flow cytometry, microscopy and immunohistochemistry. Experience in vivo models with a valid Home Office licence would be beneficial. The post is available for 3 years.

Institution/Organisation:
Univerwsity of Liverpool
Application deadline:
Research Associate (Fixed Term)

An opportunity is available for a Postdoctoral Scientist to join the group of Dr. Naomi McGovern at the Division of Immunology, Department of Pathology, Cambridge.

This research seeks to understand the properties of human macrophage and dendritic cell populations in health and disease. They use a combination of techniques, including multi-parameter flow cytometry, CyTOF, single-RNA sequencing, confocal microscopy and cellular functional assays.

The project will involve the processing of human placental samples to isolate and characterise cells of interest, in particular macrophage populations. Your project will be focused on describing the response of placental cells to microbes that can cause congenital infection, such as Listeria monocytogenes and human cytomegalovirus.

They are looking for a motivated and skilled individual who will thrive in a highly collaborative and supportive research group.

Requirements:

  • A PhD in biological sciences awarded by commencement of the position
  • The candidate must be willing to work with human clinical samples.
  • As the research involves clinical samples, the candidate must be able to work flexible hours, including late into the evening and weekends.
  • Prior experience in at least one of the following is required: placental biology, immunology, bioinformatics or flow cytometry.


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 28 February 2022 in the first instance.

Institution/Organisation:
University of Cambridge
Application deadline: