Research Fellow, School of Biosciences and Medicine

Guildford, United Kingdom
04 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Dengue Virus Immune Evasion Mechanisms in the Mosquito Vector Aedes Aegypti

Three-year MRC-funded postdoc with full benefits in the Maringer Lab, a research group in the Neglected Tropical Diseases Hub and Section of Virology, University of Surrey, England.

The Maringer lab studies virus-host interactions that drive arbovirus transmission and emergence. Our focus is on the mosquito Aedes aegypti, a major vector for emerging and neglected tropical diseases, including dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses. We aim to identify broadly relevant virus-vector interactions so as to ultimately develop vector interventions to reduce arboviral disease.

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic postdoc to join our team to study how dengue virus, the most significant arbovirus infecting humans globally, evades NF-κB immune signalling in Ae. aegypti. We are especially interested in applicants with the creativity and drive to take this project in their own direction, and our group has the capacity to compare dengue virus to other arboviruses (flaviviruses, alphaviruses, bunyaviruses, rhabdoviruses). Our lab offers training opportunities in standard molecular virology methods and viral reverse genetics systems up to biosafety level 3 containment, CRISPR gene editing, experimental viral evolution, in vivo mosquito work (in collaboration with the Pirbright Institute), RNA deep sequencing and high-throughput proteomics.

The Maringer Lab is inclusive and welcomes tolerant people of all ages, backgrounds, races, cultures, beliefs, gender identities and sexual orientations.

Visa and relocation assistance may be provided to successful applicants.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to or @MaringerLab (Twitter).

Please ensure you submit a CV and one-page cover letter along with your answers to the online form as evidence of your suitability for this position. Do not submit any additional documents with your application.

The University of Surrey

The Section of Virology in the Department of Microbial Sciences at the University of Surrey is one of the few specialised virology departments in the United Kingdom. In this diverse and dynamic department, with focus areas in virology, bacteriology and systems biology, you will be supported by world-leading researchers working on DNA viruses (herpesviruses, poxviruses) and RNA viruses (flaviviruses, alphaviruses, caliciviruses). We are committed to promoting diversity and are proud of our Athena Swan Silver award. The Maringer Lab also works closely with virology and entomology groups at the nearby Pirbright Institute. The university is located south-west of London in the vibrant market town of Guildford, with easy access to London and the Surrey countryside.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,688) per annum (full-time) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the verified original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,604) per annum (full time).

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