Research Fellow - Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

United Kingdom
£30,395 - £42,036
Aug 15, 2019
Sep 14, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Location- University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Grade 7

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

Full Time FTC 4 Years

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

Planning and Organising (as appropriate to the specific role and purpose)
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort

Decision Making (as appropriate to the specific role and purpose)
  • Decide in consultation with the principal investigator as appropriate, on the most appropriate way of undertaking the specified research activities
  • Decide in consultation with the principal investigator as appropriate how to analyse and interpret the data from the specified research activities
  • Decide in consultation with the principal investigator as appropriate what knowledge to draw on and how to apply it to develop new intellectual understanding
  • Contribute to deciding what information to include in a bid for research funding and how to present the bid to maximise the likelihood of securing the funding
  • Decide in collaboration with co-authors which aspects of the research findings to include in a presentation or a publication and how to convey the findings
  • Give guidance, support and advice to students on research related work including PhD students and decide the most appropriate method of providing this supervision.

Internal/External Relationships (as appropriate to the specific role and purpose)
  • Liaise with research staff and support staff on research-related matters
  • Liaise with external collaborators on the research, where appropriate
  • Give presentations and/or contribute to presentations at national and/or international conferences
  • Referee articles for peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Maintain contact with (including membership of) appropriate professional bodies
  • Liaise with the relevant external research community via seminars and conferences
  • Participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
  • Liaise with external clients of the University or members of the public

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational Health and/or DBS clearance prior to appointment.

Informal Queries to Dr Rebecca Drummond

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community'

Closing Date: 12 September 2019

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