Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Clinical and Translational Research

Lincoln, United Kingdom
£33,199 per annum
20 May 2019
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Life Sciences

Location: Lincoln 
Salary: From £33,199 per annum
This post is full time and fixed term for 35 months.
Closing Date: Sunday 16 June 2019
Interview Date: Monday 08 July 2019

The University of Lincoln is collaborating in a major new project that aims to improve survival of HIV-infected infants with severe pneumonia. EMPIRICAL (Empirical treatment against cytomegalovirus (CMV) and tuberculosis (TB) in severe pneumonia in HIV-infected infants: a randomised clinical trial) is funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Coordinated by the Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, the consortium brings together experts in paediatrics clinical trials and infectious disease diagnostics from across Europe, Cote D’Ivoire, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia to evaluate the efficacy of empirical treatment of severe pneumonia in HIV-infected babies, with anti-TB therapy and/or anti-CMV therapy.

We are therefore seeking to appoint a talented postdoctoral researcher to provide specialist clinical and translational research support. The post-holder will play a leading role in the validation of diagnostic assays, design of SOPs, and development of monitoring tools and providing training for laboratory personnel in sub-Saharan Africa, but will also coordinate the design and delivery of sub-studies with international partners, providing opportunity for lead author outputs.

The post holder should have excellent laboratory skills, ideally with experience in molecular diagnostics, or a track record that evidences the ability to obtain quality data using sensitive and intricate laboratory techniques. Candidates with experience in pathogen genomics or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply, as are those who can evidence experience of, and an equitable and ethical approach to, field work in sub-Saharan Africa. The role will require working to tight deadlines and a willingness to travel (typically 2-3 field trips per year). The post holder will be required to work independently and take the initiative to ensure timely completion of project deliverables, and to demonstrate keen problem-solving and interpersonal skills, as required to support an international collaborative project.