Research Fellow - Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Job Details
Closing Date: 2019-09-12
Institution: University of Birmingham
Keyword Names: Academic/Research, Research Fellow
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609
Line 1: University of Birmingham
City: Birmingham
Country: United Kingdom

Job Description

Research Fellow - Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

University of Birmingham, Birmingham UK

Job Summary

A post-doctoral research fellow position is available within the newly established Fungal Immunology Group within the Institute of Immunology & Immunotherapy, College of Medical & Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, led by Dr Rebecca Drummond. We are looking for an enthused and committed scientist with expertise in assessing immune responses in vivo. The candidate’s research will be aiming to dissect mechanisms underlying organ-specific immune responses to fungal pathogens. This research will primarily employ animal models of fungal diseases to investigate inflammatory processes occurring during infection, focusing largely on the tissues of the central nervous system (see Drummond et al 2019 Nat Immunol and Drummond 2017 J Fungi for further research details).

All applicants should be proficient with in vivo immunology (e.g. lymphocyte transfers), flow cytometry, basic tissue culture and molecular biology techniques. Prior experience with microscopy and/or bioinformatics would be advantageous. Applicants should be able to demonstrate prior research success; for example, through publications/pre-prints, presentations at conferences and relevant academic prizes/travel awards.

Main Responsibilities (as appropriate to the specific role and purpose)

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University
  • Scope of the Role (as appropriate to the specific role and purpose)
  • Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids
  • Operate within area of specialism
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results

Skills and Experience (as appropriate to the specific role and purpose)

  • Applicant should hold (or be expecting to hold at time of starting post) a PhD in immunology or related discipline
  • First author publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Previous experience and strong interest in neuroimmunology and/or infectious disease immunology
  • Holder of Home Office Personal Licence (or equivalent in home country)
  • Substantial experience of using in vivo mouse models to assess immune responses
  • Substantial experience in using flow cytometry to analyse in vivo immune responses
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Strong communication record (in the form of publications and conference participation)
  • Microscopy skills and/or previous experience with bioinformatics are desirable
  • Prior experience with managing mouse colonies is desirable

Informal Queries to Dr Rebecca Drummond

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