Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Immunology

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
£33,797 (Grade 5)
02 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Feb 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date: 10/02/2020
Salary: £33,797 (Grade 5)
Package: Excellent benefits package

Job description

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Immunology - Full time, 18 month FTC

We have an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow contributing to the project Cationic Host Defence Peptides (HDP) as Novel Therapeutic Antiviral Agents in Dengue Virus Infection.

The role

We are seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a project that is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEKDIKTI) focused on HDP as novel therapeutic antiviral agents in Dengue virus infection. The project will focus on roles of HDP in Dengue infection in the context of the inflammatory response, together with assessing the therapeutic effects of these peptides, and their capacity for regulating autophagy and apoptosis in Dengue infection.

The project is led by Professor Peter Barlow at Edinburgh Napier University, and is a collaboration with the University of Indonesia and the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta. You will join a dynamic research group at Edinburgh Napier that has a broad interest in the mechanisms of pathogen-mediated inflammation. As part of the project the Fellow will also be expected to make 3-4 short visits to Jakarta performing experimental work and analysis. Additional costs for accommodation and living expenses for this portion of the project will be provided.

Your main responsibilities will be to design and perform the experimental work as outlined in the project award, utilising a variety of immunological and molecular techniques. You will be expected to contribute to the effective communication and publication of the findings in the scientific literature and at national and international scientific meetings and conferences. You will also be involved in the training of postgraduate research students.

Who we are looking for

You will have a PhD in Immunology, Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Biomedical Sciences or other related discipline. You must also have a track record in immunological/infectious disease research, preferably viral infections, as evidenced by practical experience. Ideally, you will also have expertise in working with HDP, as well as epithelial models and murine models of infection. You must be highly motivated with excellent numerical skills together with excellent oral and written communication skills, and excellent project and time management skills.

For a detailed list of requirements, you can reach the full role profile here

Please note that the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment. We are unable to sponsor any candidate for this role.

Benefits we offer

In return, we offer a great working environment where we support ambition, recognise achievement and offer an attractive benefits package. This includes a minimum of 46 days annual leave (includes bank holidays), a generous pension scheme, professional development opportunities, discounted access to onsite sports facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts.

Further information about our benefits can be found here 

Salary: GBP 33,797 (Grade 5)

Additional Information

Application closing date: Monday 10 February 2020 (midnight GMT)
Interviews will be held on: 19th February
Anticipated start date: 1 April 2020

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore, we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations (Advance HE's Athena SWAN Charter) and hold Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here