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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

Research Assistant

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Centre for Snakebite Research & Interventions

The Centre for Snakebite Research and Interventions (CSRI) at LSTM is at the forefront of research to develop the next generation of snakebite therapies. The intent is to develop therapies with unparalleled efficacy, affordability and safety – to substantially and sustainably reduce the high rates of deaths and disability that currently afflict snakebite victims throughout the world.

The CSRI is currently recruiting a Research Assistant (RA) to be part of a substantial, multi-disciplinary research team dedicated to identifying and implementing systems and tools to improve the treatment of tropical snakebite. Working with experts in the field your role will be to help to perform immunological characterisation of plasma/sera from venom-immunised animals and African snakebite victims to inform the future management of snakebite and the development of novel snakebite treatments. The specific role includes a requirement to perform immunological assessments of antibody-venom protein binding (e.g. ELISA, western blotting) and quantification of envenoming pathology-relevant biomarkers.This post will also require careful inventorying and storage of biological samples, and close coordination with our Kenyan and Nigerian partners. The post holder will help incorporate the results of this research into the project’s other objectives for delivery as academic publications, clinical and public health guidelines and for teaching the next generation of scientists and clinicians.

It is essential to hold an Undergraduate-level degree (e.g. BSc) in a relevant field (e.g. biomedical sciences, biochemistry, immunology, etc), while holding a Master’s level qualification (e.g. MSc) is desirable. Prior experience of working within a research laboratory is essential, and this post would particularly suit those candidates with immunology, biochemistry and/or venom biology laboratory experience. The successful individual must also be able to effectively liaise with collaborators and team members from different cultures and be capable of diligently recording and inventorying biological samples and scientific data.

They are looking for a Research Assistant who understands the health-contributing importance of this work, shares our enthusiasm for innovative research and is willing to work hard to learn and deliver important research outcomes. You will have a strong and informed desire to join our research team, to share our workload and to contribute productively to our various scientific, educational and public engagement activities. They are looking for a Research Assistant who has an intelligent, diligent, helpful and energetic approach to all aspects of the project.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Application deadline:
Research Fellow

Fixed Term 12 months

The post holder will be based in the group of Professor Paul Moss in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy; working on a Department of Health and Social Care funded project aimed at investigating SARS-CoV-2 specific T cell responses in various cohorts, particularly those living and working in the care home sector.

Main Duties

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas based on outcomes
  • Design a successful programme of investigation, managing individual components of the study from the start of the project to dissemination of research findings for publication, research seminars etc within set timeframes.
  • Make and contribute to decisions on day to day matters that affect their own work and that of the team
  • Keep abreast of the literature and maintain a good working knowledge of the background and current developments in the field of the project.

Person Specification

With a PhD in a relevant subject area and laboratory experience in immunology, preferably viral immunology, you are expected to have practical experience in immunophenotyping, and T-cell based functional assays. Proven experience in the isolation and enrichment of immune cell subsets would be an advantage.

Techniques required:

  • experience of isolation, enrichment, and culturing of immune cell subsets
  • experience of phenotypic and functional characterisation of lymphocytic and myeloid cells from fresh and frozen specimens
  • extensive experience of flow cytometry and experience of cell sorting
  • knowledge of T cell cloning including the discovery of novel HLA restricted specific peptide epitopes.
  • knowledge of PCR techniques including RT-qPCR and endpoint PCR.
University of Birmingham
Application deadline:
Assistant Professor in Neuroscience

The Trinity College Dublin School of Biochemistry and Immunology seeks to make an appointment at Assistant Professor level in Neuroscience. The successful candidate for this post will be expected to be actively engaged in research relevant to Neuroscience, Aging, and Immunology and to have a proven track record in Neuroimmunology research. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and relevant postdoctoral experience in Neuroscience or a related scientific discipline.

The successful candidate will contribute to the lecturing programme of the School and will undertake undergraduate and postgraduate supervision. They will be expected to obtain competitive grant funding for research and to participate in administration within the School.

Trinity College Dublin
Application deadline:
Research Fellow in Cancer Immunology

Antibody and Vaccine Group, Centre for Cancer Immunology, University of Southampton, Faculty of Medicine, School of Cancer Sciences

The Antibody and Vaccine Group based in the newly opened Centre for Cancer Immunology in Southampton has a strong track-record in basic and translational immunology. One of its central aims is to develop new and more effective antibody reagents for treating cancer.

An exciting opportunity now presents itself for a research fellow to work on a new NIH-funded project to determine how specialized immune cells called macrophages recognize and destroy target cells tagged by antibodies and to understand why they sometimes do not. In collaboration with Dr Adam Hoppe at South Dakota University, USA, the post-holder will leverage expertise in antibody biology, macrophages, bioinformatics and CRISPR screening in order to gain new understanding of this critical antibody effector mechanism with the aim of improving cancer treatments.

You will be motivated, educated to PhD level in a relevant subject area and have practical laboratory experience of antibody biology, myeloid cells, bioinformatics and in vivo methodology.

University of Southampton
Application deadline:
Employment opportunities at NHS Test and Trace Lighthouse Laboratories

NHS Test and Trace is expanding its network of laboratories in the continued effort against COVID-19. As the UK enters the winter months it is critical to continue to increase laboratory capacity. This expansion has resulted in a number of exciting roles from junior positions utilising a broad skill base, through to senior positions requiring experienced specialists or those able to oversee entire laboratories.

They are looking for individuals who:

  • have lab management experience and/or are a HCPC registered BMS;
  • have experience working in a lab setting (academic, clinical or industrial), regardless of level; 
  • have a degree or postgraduate qualifications in a biological discipline;
  • Technicians, post-docs and graduate students with molecular biology experience, to join the existing lighthouse laboratories in Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Manchester, Newport, Charnwood, and Glasgow. We need over 400 technicians immediately, preferably conversant with PCR assay techniques (qRT-PCR and ePCR);
  • or are a current student with some previous lab experience, particularly in virology, microbiology, or biomedical sciences and you are seeking part time employment. Minimum requirements are experience in pipetting and operating within biosafety cabinets.

Roles will be for between 1-18 months depending on the requirement. Pay is offered at competitive market rates and you will be fully trained and integrated into existing teams. Employment will be either directly with laboratories or through third party agencies to enable flexible working arrangements to suit you. All are employed to support the work of the wider NHS Test and Trace programme.


NHS Test and Trace
Application deadline:
Margaret Turner Warwick Chair of Thoracic Medicine

Imperial College London wish to appoint a world-leading clinical or non-clinical scientist to the Margaret Turner Warwick Chair of Thoracic Medicine. The appointee will also lead the Margaret Turner Warwick Education Centre for Fibrosing Lung Disease.  The ‘Margaret Turner Warwick Chair of Thoracic Medicine’ sits within the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) and is one of the Departments and Colleges most prestigious and senior Chairs.

Duties and responsibilities
  • To develop a broad range of research within department.
  • To direct, lead, or contribute to, a research area with scientists, [clinicians], technicians and students at the highest scientifically rigorous levels.
  • To supervise, train and mentor scientists, clinicians, technicians and students at the highest scientifically rigorous levels.
  • To obtain funds and research grants and to encourage and guide junior research staff to do the same.
  • To manage research projects.
  • To publish high quality research in peer reviewed journals.
  • To develop contacts with other research organisations, both academic and commercial.
  • To teach and examine courses at all levels – undergraduate, masters and higher research degrees – through lectures, seminars, tutorials, course work, clinical training (where applicable) and personal supervision.
  • To act as a coach and role model through excellent practice and mentoring of colleagues.
  • To supervise MD and PhD candidates.
  • To train junior medical and nursing staff in the clinical setting (for clinicians)
  • To contribute to curriculum development.

Essential requirements

  • A MD, PhD or equivalent.
  • In addition you must also meet the following essential criteria:
  • An international reputation in the field of research
  • A sustained track record in attracting high levels of research funding
  • Extensive experience in leading the design of research programmes
  • An excellent publication record
  • Experience of training undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Experience of supervision of higher degrees (PhD)
  • The ability to communicate well, conveying ideas and concepts clearly and effectively
  • Proven skills in leading, motivating, developing and managing the performance of colleagues, ensuring the effective performance and development of a leading research department
Imperial College London
Application deadline:
Assistant Professor

The Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University invites applications in Immunology for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. They are seeking an outstanding investigator using innovative approaches to study fundamental biological questions in the area of immunology, including but not limited to molecular or cellular immunology, adaptive or innate immunity, host-microbe interactions, hematopoiesis, systems immunology, and tumor immunology. Princeton University has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary studies with biological research on campus spanning multiple departments, and is a consortium member of an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. They also have a deep commitment to diversity and encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.
They seek faculty members who will create a climate that embraces excellence and diversity, with a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring that will enhance the work of the department to attract and retain a diverse student body, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree, an excellent record of research productivity, and demonstrate the ability to develop a creative independent research program.

Princeton University
Application deadline: