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Please note, all job vacancies are posted as soon as they are received, and are cleared after the closing date, or after three months, if one is not specified.

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Current vacancies

BSI Marketing & Communications Officer

We’re looking for a full-time, permanent Marketing & Communications Officer with a strong understanding and passion for science and for creating captivating communications.

As an integral member of our team, the role-holder will communicate the Society’s work to a diverse range of audiences, including scientists, policy-makers and the public, through various channels such as our website, social media and email marketing.

The Marketing & Communications Officer will execute our marketing strategy with a focus on membership recruitment and retention alongside promoting our events to current and new audiences. On publishing, they will be responsible for delivering the marketing activities for our journals.

This creative and fast-paced role is ideally suited to a proactive and organised graduate/postgraduate who is looking to build up their marketing and communications experience in the science and healthcare sectors. The successful applicant will be able to develop further in their career as part of a fun, hardworking and extremely ambitious team.

If you feel that you have the required skills for this role, please read the full job description and send your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to by Tuesday 1 September. Interviews will be held on Monday 7 September and Tuesday 8 September via Zoom.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to all applicants individually. We request no contact from agencies.

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17 PhD positions in the DFG Research Training Group "Fine-Tuners of the Adaptive Immune Response"

The goal of the proposed Research Training Group (RTG) 2599 is to establish an internationally competitive research and training program to promote young scientists and medical students in the field of immunology. The individual research projects will use genome-wide transcriptome analysis, modern imaging techniques, transgenic mouse technologies and CRISPR-mediated genome editing to identify and characterize new fine-tuners of adaptive immune responses and immune memory.

To reach their goal, they have

  • recruited 17 internationally recognized investigators with expertise in the field of adaptive immunity
  • developed innovative training programs for i) Dr. rer. nat. candidates with a master’s degree and ii) medical students
  • established a fast-track program that will lead six fellows with a bachelor’s degree to a Dr. rer. nat. degree without the need to obtain a master’s degree
  • installed a mentoring program with a three-member thesis advisory committee

They are convinced that their innovative training and research concept with hypothesis-driven projects will better prepare their doctoral candidates for a professional post-graduate career as an immunologist and will help them

  • to develop into critically thinking scientists,
  • to complete their thesis in 3-4 years, and
  • to build an international network.
Friedrich Alexander University - Erlangen
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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Grade 7

The University of Liverpool are seeking an individual with laboratory skills to support brain infection diagnostics and pathogenesis studies undertaken as part of our MRC funded host TRanscripts Identifying Meningitis (TRIM) test study and Newton funded Diagnostic Improvement in Meningitis and Encephalitis (DIME) study in Indonesia. Their research detects pathogens infecting the central nervous system using pathogen/host markers and high-throughput approaches. We also use in-vitro brain models to study pathogenesis.
You should have a PhD in infection/molecular studies; be familiar with handling clinical samples, RNA extraction, designing probes and performing real-time PCR, undertaking RT-PCR and transcriptomic analysis. Experience performing a range of molecular techniques and conducting in-vitro experiments is useful. Opportunities to visit overseas research centres may be available. The post is available to the 30 March 2022.

University of Liverpool
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Research Associate

Imperial College are seeking an independent post-doctoral researcher (maternity cover) with experience in airway epithelial cell biology to support a multicentre study funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award “Pulmonary epithelial barrier and immunological functions at birth and in early life – key determinants of the development of asthma?” (Breathing Together) which investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying development of wheeze in preschool children.
You will join a multidisciplinary research team run by Professors Lloyd & Saglani within the Inflammation, Repair & Development Section. The work involves the collection and in vitro culture of epithelial cells collected as part of the multicentre project, and development of in vitro systems to examine epithelial cell function. You will determine how cells respond to stimulation with different agents such as allergens and pathogens and assess the contribution of various mediators to the development of innate and adaptive immune responses. You will use systems well established in the group but will have the freedom to develop novel systems to investigate the hypothesis.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To be responsible for experimental work utilizing air-liquid interface cultures of epithelial cells collected from different sites within the consortium
  • To conduct cytokine assays, histological analysis, immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridisation, flow cytometry, in vitro culture of T cells and pulmonary cells as required
  • To develop novel systems to examine cell function and interaction with the immune system.
  • To conduct data analysis, ensuring the validity and reliability of data at all times
  • To undertake appropriate administrative tasks

Essential Requirements:

  • PhD degree in Biological Sciences, ideally with a high immunology content, or equivalent industrial or commercial experience
  • Experience at post-doctoral level in laboratory research in inflammation biology and immunology with proven publications
  • Experience in culture and analysis of primary epithelial cells
  • In depth knowledge of inflammation biology and immunology,
  • In depth knowledge of epithelial cells and mucosa immunology
Imperial College London
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Immunology Research Assistant- Human Coronaviruses
There is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Immunology Research Assistant- Human Coronaviruses to play a key role in the Emerging Pathogens Vaccine Group's programme of work on coronavirus investigation and vaccine development. The primary focus will be to conduct detailed systems serology of pre-existing immunity to human coronaviruses in Children and Adults in UK and international samples.
You will have varied responsibilities including performing ELISAS for the assessment of coronavirus antibodies in clinical samples; implementing methodologies and running assays used for quantification and other characterisation of antibody responses toward coronaviruses (and when relevant other emerging pathogens); and gathering, analysing, and presenting scientific data from the work undertaken.
You will have completed a BSc (or equivalent) in a relevant biological sciences subject, a higher degree (such as MSc) in a relevant subject would be beneficial. You will have practical experience of following SOPs and running assays in a laboratory environment. Experience in human immunology/vaccine development and ELISA assays is desirable.
You will have a keen interest in immunology of infectious diseases and excellent communication skills, including the ability to present data and represent research objectives at meetings. You will also be self-motivated, technically competent and capable of working independently in a laboratory with a responsible nature and a methodical and careful approach to working in the laboratory. Additionally you should have the ability to interpret scientific data, analyse data and write factual reports. Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills including the ability to work closely with others as part of a team, while taking personal responsibility for assigned tasks is essential.
This post will provide invaluable experience and an opportunity to work in the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundation for development of future coronavirus vaccines.
University of Oxford
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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Immunology

Applications are invited for a BBSRC-funded postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr Patricia Barral, based at the Francis Crick Institute and King’s College London

The lab investigates the cellular mechanisms that initiate immune responses, with a particular emphasis on studying the biology and function of unconventional T cells in health and disease.

Candidates should have a PhD degree (or a PhD near completion) in Biological/Biomedical sciences and a strong background in Immunology. The post holder will be expected to have independent research experience and a publication track record appropriate for the level of experience. Knowledge and experience in immunology, molecular biology, animal work and flow-cytometry will be an advantage.

King's College London
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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

It is essential that new anti-human cytomegalovirus drugs rapidly progress through pre-clinical development. In partnership with Merck, Sharpe & Dohme, this laboratory at St. George's will investigate replication of HCMV viral genomes produced from Letermovir treated cells with a view to understanding how HCMV can be detected in patients during Letermovir treatment. It is their aim to not only advance the understanding of viral DNA metabolism, but also create new paradigms in viral diagnostics.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in virology or molecular biology; previous experience with virus infection and quantitative PCR is essential. They will be hardworking with a proven scientific track record, preferably at least one first author paper, and a particular interest in addressing fundamental questions that involve the mechanisms of viral replication.

St. George's, University of London
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Research Associate in Translational Innate Immunity

University of Glasgow are seeking a highly motivated, academically excellent and proactive Postdoctoral Researcher with a strong background in innate immunity and bioinformatics to join the groups of Dr Mariola Kurowska-Stolarska (Immunologist; principal investigator), Dr Thomas Otto (Bioinformatician) and Dr Stefano Alivernini (clinical researcher) at the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli - IRCCS  in Rome.

They are a translational myeloid cell lab and have recently delineated the heterogeneity of human synovial tissue macrophages and identified macrophage clusters that may be involved in maintaining human joint free of inflammation. The successful candidate will lead translational research on the role of these different subpopulations of human and mouse synovial tissue macrophages in shaping the synovial tissue microenvironment to identify macrophage-driven mechanisms of joint immune-homeostasis. To achieve this goal, you will use primary cells, FACS-sorted from human synovial biopsies in a unique ex vivo model of human synovium, along with innovative single-cell technologies, tissue spatial transcriptomics and transgenic mouse models that specifically target synovial tissue macrophages.You will hold a position at the University of Glasgow, where you will be embedded in a multicentre Research into Inflammatory Arthritis Centre Versus Arthritis (RACE), which include researchers/clinicians from Glasgow, Oxford, Birmingham, Newcastle and collaborators in Gemelli Hospital in Rome. RACE is a world-leading research centre where discovery research drives development of transformative therapies for arthritis. You will benefit from an intellectually stimulating, vibrant international research/clinical environment and outstanding support facilities.  

You will hold a PhD in Immunology and desirably an MSc in Bioinformatics or equivalent. You will demonstrate capacity to deliver high quality research outputs, illustrated by a strong publication record in high profile journals. Expertise in macrophage biology, single-cell sequencing/epigenetics is essential, and expertise in vivo cre-flox animal models would be desirable.

University of Glasgow
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