University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Virology

United Kingdom

Closing in 23 days

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Virology

Centre for Human Genetics, Henry Wellcome Building for Genomic Medicine, Old Road Campus, Roosevelt Drive, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7BN

The Carroll Group, at the Centre for Human Genetics, runs an internationally renowned laboratory focussing on high consequence emerging viral infections. Current projects involve Ebola, Lassa fever, Nipah and SARS-CoV-2. A Postdoctoral Research Assistant is sought to join their highly motivated team!

As the Postdoctoral Research Assistant, you will work within the team that are studying immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 following vaccination and/or infection. You will need experience of working in a laboratory environment with an accurate and systematic approach to the documentation of experimental work.

You will be responsible for managing your own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines. You will perform virological neutralisation experiments in containment level 3 and assess antibody binding parameters. In addition, you will process samples and optimise additional assays where required. You will be required to keep up to date with matters relating to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Health and Safety, COSHH sheets and other relevant regulations. Performing laboratory tests in order to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific investigations will be also part of your responsibilities.

It is essential that you hold a PhD/DPhil (or close to completion) in a relevant subject such as Virology or Immunology. You will have experience of cell-based virology assays at Cat II and preferably Cat III, and experience with tissue culture of mammalian cells. In addition, you will have experience of working in a laboratory environment with an accurate and systematic approach to the documentation of experimental work. You will be able to manage your own research and administrative activities, within guidelines provided by senior colleagues. Experience in category III virology and working knowledge of coronaviruses is desirable for this role.

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. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract for 2 years in the first instance, and is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Interviews are to be held in the week commencing 8 January 2024.

For more information, or an informal chat, please contact [email protected].

Only applications received before 12 midday on 3 January 2024 will be considered. Please quote 169509 on all correspondence.

Contact Person : Phoebe Astbury Vacancy ID : 169509 Contact Phone : 01865 287775 Closing Date & Time : 03-Jan-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : Grade 7: Salary in range £36,024 - £40,521 per annum

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Virology


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


November 18, 2023

Application deadline

January 03, 2024

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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