University College London (UCL)

Research Fellow

University College London (UCL)

London, United Kingdom

Division of Infection and Immunity


Research Fellow

Full Time

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,328 – £42,701 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position in the UCL Division of Infection and Immunity in a research team led by Professor Greg Towers.

The post is funded by The Wellcome Trust. The work encompasses all aspects of the molecular biology of nucleic acid sensing and its evasion by lentiviruses through direct and indirect processes. A key goal is to understand the mechanisms of nucleic acid sensing of viruses in primary human cells and the consequent cell biology of the antiviral response that is unleashed after sensors are triggered. Specific projects are designed taking into account the interests and experience of the post holder with a view to taking the most tractable approaches to making the most exciting discoveries. The team currently comprises an interdisciplinary team of molecular virologists, biochemists, immunologists and structural biologists. The post-holder will be expected to perform the highest quality research under the direction of the Principal Investigator, and to work effectively with group members and external collaborators. The position will suit a motivated postdoctoral scientist who wishes to develop their career and pursue opportunities for independent fellowships.

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Funding is initially available until the end Sept 2021 and beyond depending on funding renewal.

The postholders should have a PhD (or be about to be awarded) in a relevant subject. The successful candidates must have significant experience of working in a research laboratory. Evidence of scientific contribution including publications and presentation at conferences is also essential. Candidates must have excellent oral and written scientific communications skills, commitment to collaboration in research and to taking a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.

Note: Appointment at grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922 – £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis or to start date of appointment as appropriate.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1819783. 

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made by email to Professor Greg Towers at . If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Isabel Lubeiro by email at

Closing Date: 15 September 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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