Department of Paediatrics, Oxford Vaccine Group, Churchill Hospital, Oxford
The Oxford Vaccine Group (OVG) are seeking an enthusiastic and driven Laboratory Research Assistant. This is an opportunity to join a team at the forefront of vaccine research, targeting a variety of priority pathogens with epidemic and pandemic potential.
OVG conducts world-leading research into new vaccines and optimising existing vaccines for children and adults. Our research has recently led to the global rollout of a ChAdOx-vectored vaccine against SARS-CoV2 which has saved millions of lives. Recently, a Marburg vaccine developed by the group was selected by the World Health Organisation and other stakeholders for inclusion in efficacy trials during the 2023 outbreak. This role is essential to deliverance of research projects involving new vaccines against emerging pathogens, with a focus on preclinical studies. You will support the research of Post-Doctoral Scientists, whilst obtaining training in working to Good Clinical and Laboratory Practice standards, HTA guidelines and MHRA regulations.
You will use a variety of techniques from molecular biology and cell biology to evaluate vaccine candidates pre-clinically. This will include the processing blood samples prior to immunological analysis. Training will be provided but previous experience in preclinical work and immunological techniques such as ELISA, ELISpot and flow cytometry is desirable. The role will also involve animal work and Personal Licence Training (PIL) will be provided. You will also participate in developing and establishing methodologies that will be used in pre-clinical to clinical vaccine evaluation. The ideal candidate would be able to work autonomously as well as part of a team, be proactive, participate in meetings and have excellent communication, organisational skills and attention to detail. Applicants should have a keen interest in research and be dedicated to the team's output.
This position is offered full-time on a fixed-term contract initially for 12 months, with the possibility to extend provided further external funding is available.
This role meets the criteria for a UK Skilled Worker visa.
You will be required to upload a CV and Supporting Statement as part of your online application. The Supporting Statement should include a cover letter and should also clearly describe how you meet each of the selection criteria listed in the job description. Click here for information and advice on writing an effective Supporting Statement.
To discuss the post in more detail, please contact Professor Teresa Lambe, the Professor of Vaccinology & Immunology, using the contact details below.
Only online applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 12 February 2024 will be considered. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter
Contact Person : Teresa Lambe Vacancy ID : 170222 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 12-Feb-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 6 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 32332 - 38205 with a discretionary range to £41,732 per annum (pro-rata)