University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Biology, Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research, 3 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3SY

We are seeking a Research Assistant to support a flourishing research program led by Dr. Rachel Tanner, studying tuberculosis (TB) in humans and cattle with a focus on novel vaccine development and evaluation. The successful applicant will be required to work across a range of projects including identifying immune mechanisms/correlates of protection from TB, developing ex vivo models for TB vaccine screening, and evaluating the effects of environmental changes on mycobacteria. The work will be conducted at the Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research, Oxford.

The postholder will have a bachelor's degree, excellent organisational and laboratory management skills, and will be a team-player able to support other members of the group including a postdoc, graduate and undergraduate project students as required. The role will include performing experiments and day-to- day laboratory duties such as ordering and maintaining consumables and equipment, preparing reagents and documentation, shipping and cataloguing samples, and analysing data. Attention to detail is essential.

The University of Oxford is committed to equality and valuing diversity. All applicants will be judged on merit, according to the selection criteria.

This post is full-time and available immediately for 2 years with a possible extension.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 28 May 2024 and interviews are likely to be held in early June 2024.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via our e-recruitment system. Your supporting statement should explain how to meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

Contact Person : HR Vacancy ID : 172620 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 28-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 6 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £32,332 - £32,982 p.a.

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Research Assistant


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 01, 2024

Application deadline

May 28, 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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