Research Assistant

Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, Jenner Institute, Old Road Campus Research Building, Roosevelt Drive, Headington, Oxford

Applications to be received by 12pm on Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Grade 6: £29,176 - £34,804 p.a.

A role has arisen for a Research Assistant to join the Emerging Pathogens vaccine group under the direction of Professor Teresa Lambe. The Research Assistant will work to delineate the immune response towards Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) and a naturally occurring and closely related disease caused by a veterinary-specific nairovirus of sheep and goats (Nairobi sheep disease virus (NSDV)) in order to aid effective vaccine design. The successful applicant will be responsible for carrying out immune profiling of samples following both natural exposure as well as controlled infection with nairoviruses. You will also be responsible for performing research work to a high standard including ELISPOT, ELISA, flow cytometry and other functional assays. Participate in research programmes of preclinical vaccine development. Analyse data and present them to the Senior Immunologist and wider group.


The successful applicant will have a keen attention to detail and the ability to carry out experimental work carefully and safely demonstrating good laboratory practice. The ability to research complex issues and interpret, analyse, and present scientific data is also essential, as well as being technically competent and capable of working independently in the laboratory. The role requires the applicant to have a first class degree or equivalent in a relevant biological subject as well as some experience in immunology testing and preferably vaccine development.


Vaccines are one of the world’s most important public health achievements, yet their life saving potential has not been realised for many emerging epidemic threats including CCHFv. Emerging pathogen outbreaks can disproportionately affect low-income countries, where the risks and needs are often greatest, putting immense pressure on already fragile health systems and economies. Delineating the protective immune response post-infection will directly inform vaccine design against these impactful diseases.


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 1 year fixed-term contract funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)


Please quote 144960 on all correspondence.


Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 26 February 2020 will be considered.

Contact: Phillippa Wall (01865 617971)