Preclinical Immunologist - Vaccinology

The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford

Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom

Salary: Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

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. Emerging pathogen outbreaks disproportionately affect low-income countries, where the risks and needs are often greatest, putting immense pressure on already fragile health systems and economies. The Jenner Institute (University of Oxford), in partnership with Janssen Vaccines, has secured funding from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI http://cepi.net/) to continue development of replication-deficient simian adenoviral vectored vaccines against three emerging pathogens: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Coronavirus, Nipah virus and Lassa virus.


We have an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Vaccinologist to play a key role in the Emerging Pathogens Group’s on-going programme of work. The primary focus will be to work as a member of the team responsible for generating and testing a number of new vaccines for pre-clinical assessment of immunogenicity and efficacy. You will be responsible for the development of new vaccines against Emerging Pathogens (e.g. MERS, Lassa and Nipah) and the pre-clinical assessment of these vaccines.


The Jenner Institute has a strong record of attracting external grant funding, a robust publication record, and the programmes for vaccine development toward emerging pathogens have expanded significantly in recent years. We aim to foster scientific excellence within a welcoming and progressive environment. The postholder will play a key role in the Emerging Pathogens Vaccine Group’s on-going programme of work, under the direction of Professor Sarah Gilbert, supervised by Associate Professor Teresa Lambe. You will be a highly organised, motivated individual with proven experience in vaccine development and assessment. You will hold a PhD (or near completion ) in a relevant biological/engineering sciences and able to interpret scientific data, analyse and research complex issues.


Excellent communication skills with the ability to present results clearly and logically, working co-operatively as part of a team as well as independently, are also essential capabilities for this post. You will adapt and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols; gather, analyse, and present scientific; collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and present papers and posters; and contribute to wider project planning, including ideas for new research projects. You will work closely with the clinical team as there is a major translational emphasis, with full integration of the clinical and laboratory teams.


The post is full-time and fixed-term for up to 2 years in the first instance. The postholder will be based at the Jenner Institute, Old Road Campus Research Building, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, OX3 7DQ.


Depending on experience, this post may be offered at Grade 6 (£28,660 - £33,199 p.a.) with reduced duties.


If you are interested in this role, and have the skills and experience we are looking for, please apply online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement which explains how you meet the selection criteria for the post.


Only applications received before 12.00 noon on Monday 11 March 2019 will be considered.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: University of Oxford-itox_ac-139304

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