Development of vaccines for malaria and emerging outbreak pathogens is an urgent public health need. The Ebola outbreak in 2014 - 2015 claimed at least 11,000 lives and has resulted in a dramatic acceleration of efforts to produce effective vaccines against Ebola as well as a number of other diseases with pandemic potential, such as MERS-CoV, Lassa and Nipah viruses. In 2015 there were an estimated 212 million cases of malaria resulting in 429,000 deaths, with 90% of cases occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. Seventy percent of deaths occurred in children under 5 years. The Jenner Institute is at the forefront of efforts to develop vaccines against a range of important pathogens and focusses on producing novel vaccines using platform technologies.
We require a Clinical Trials Research Technician to join the pre-erythrocytic (PE) malaria and outbreak pathogens vaccine development group at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford. The research programme at the Jenner Institute focuses on pre-clinical and clinical testing of novel vaccines. Owing to the continued expansion of the programme, we require a technician to join us. You will be responsible for processing blood samples taken from volunteers participating in clinical trials to GCP (Good Clinical Practice) standards and assist with immunological assays, such as ELISA and ELISPOT. Contribute to the efficient running of the laboratory, including ordering stock, preparation of reagents, storage of frozen samples and documentation of experiments. Identify and report discrepancies or inaccuracies promptly and assist with implementing corrective actions.
You will be educated to A level standard or equivalent in biology or related area, experience of working in a research environment and should have an interest and/or experience in infectious disease research. Training will be available in all aspects of the work, but an ability to work unsupervised and good time-management skills will be important. We will consider applications from applicants without laboratory experience, but you must demonstrate your potential to learn quickly. You must be self-motivated and able to work well in a team that includes postdoctoral scientists, graduate students and laboratory support staff.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.
This post is offered full-time on a 12 month fixed-term contract funded by Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
Please quote reference 143969 on all correspondence.
Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 29 November 2019 will be considered.
Contact: Phillippa Wall (01865 617971)