Research Assistant - Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£33,567 to £38,533
12 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Assistant
Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology
Salary:     £33,567 to £38,533
Closing Date:     Sunday 04 March 2018
Reference:     ITD-PMBD-2018-01

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work with Dr David Allen on a Wellcome Trust-funded research project, which aims to understand the virus- and human population-associated factors that underlie the evolution and transmission of norovirus strains, associated with pandemic emergence. The post-holder will primarily prepare norovirus genomes for whole genome sequencing, and support the research aims of this project, including supporting delivery of serological assays at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s headquarters in London.

The ideal candidate will have a BSc in biological sciences, virology, microbiology or a closely related field and an MSc in virology, microbiology, infectious diseases, molecular biology or a closely related discipline. They will have demonstrable wet lab experience in molecular biology and be prepared to work at and travel between collaborator institutes within London. It is desirable that they will have experience of data handling and database management for large datasets and also of performing immunological assays (ELISA). Further particulars are included in the job description.

This post based in London is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is available from 1st April 2018 until 31st December 2020 in the first instance. The salary will be on the Academic Grade 5 scale in the range £33,567 - £38,533 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. 

Applications should be made online via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Please quote reference REF ITD-PMBD-2018-01. 

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria.  Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion.The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered.  An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.  

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.