Project Assistant - Emerging Pathogens

The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford

Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom

Salary: Grade 6: £28,660 - £34,189 p.a. (pro rata for part-time)

A role has arisen within the Emerging Pathogens team led by Professor Sarah Gilbert, for a Project Assistant to support the Project Manager (Dr Amy Boyd) in variety of administrative capacities related to the development of vaccines for emerging pathogens. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a background in biological or medical sciences seeking a non-lab based, varied role with excellent opportunities for career progression and diversification. The role would also suit administrators with an interest in public health. Recently, the Jenner Institute, in partnership with Janssen Vaccines, has secured funding from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI http://cepi.net/) to continue development of vaccines against three emerging pathogens: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Coronavirus, Nipah virus and Lassa virus. 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 has produced vaccines against malaria, HIV, tuberculosis and influenza, all of which are in clinical development. In recent years there has been a strong interest in the development of vaccines against emerging pathogens such as the Ebola and Zika viruses.


Candidates who fulfil the majority of the essential requirements are encouraged to apply. The postholder will deal with a wide range of matters, sometimes of a highly confidential nature, on behalf of the project manager, and will interact with pre-clinical lab teams, clinical teams and commercial partners, locally and internationally. The postholder will provide support in a range of capacities within the CEPI funded work, including recruitment, finance, communications, events management and associated administration.


This is a full-time position (part-time at minimum 60% FTE would be considered), fixed-term contract for 12 months in the first instance.


Only applications received before 12.00 noon on Thursday 9 May 2019 will be considered.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: University of Oxford-itox_ac-140326

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