Research Fellow (106105-0722) . Job Reference: 1886823

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

August 5, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only


Warwick Medical School, Biomedical Sciences


£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Full time, fixed term contract until 31 July 2025.

A postdoctoral position is available to investigate how unconventional human T cells respond to infectious diseases. The successful candidate will be based in Dr Martin Davey's laboratory in the new Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building within the Division of Biomedical Sciences, Warwick Medical School.

You will be joining a collaborative effort between the researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), University of Maryland, Uniformed Services University and Warwick and will employ molecular and cell immunology approaches to decipher the impact of infectious challenges on a compartment of unconventional T cells, expressing a gamma delta T cell receptor.

The successful applicant will utilise high dimensional full spectrum flow cytometry, single cell transcriptomics and immune repertoire sequencing to explore the evolution of this enigmatic T cell population in humans. The ultimate goal is to understand the impact of gamma delta T cells in protective immunity to infectious disease of global importance.

Applicants must have, or will shortly obtain, a PhD in molecular or cellular immunology. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and enthusiastic with an outstanding academic track record, good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Applicants with experience in multi-parameter flow cytometry and single cell transcriptomics are particularly encouraged to apply.

Where you have not yet been awarded your PhD, any offer made to you will be an under-appointment to the post of Research Assistant at a salary of £31,411 per annum. Once your PhD has been awarded, you will be appointed to the substantive post of Research Fellow at a salary within the range shown above. The proposed start date is from the 1st October 2022 - 1st February 2023 and this post is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Interview date: 12 August 2022.

Job Description


You will work on a project to deploy state-of-the-art immunological methods to study the dynamics of gamma delta T cell responses to infectious pathogens.


Research and Scholarship:

1. Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.

2. Meticulous record keeping, accurate conduct and reporting of experimental setup and data. Adherence to lab standards for archiving, analysis and reporting including use of electronic lab notebooks (Lab Archives etc).

3. Write up research work for publication.

4. Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.

5. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.

6. Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

7. Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism including attendance at scientific meetings where appropriate.

Teaching and Learning Support:

1. Opportunities to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the department.

2. Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.

3. May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of projects.

Administration and Other Activities:

1. May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

2. Ensure compliance within ethical guidelines and health and safety in all aspects of work.

3. Work within budget constraints.

4. Participate in Public Engagement activity

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post-holder will be required to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree and have, or be working towards, a PhD in immunology. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Proven ability in immunology with evidence of high-quality research output and publications in relevant field at all stages of training. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 3

Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in immunology and in particular T cell biology. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 4

Extensive experience in immunological research methods and techniques. Experience in use of flow cytometry and analysis tools is essential. (a,c)

Essential Criteria 5

Ability to accurately and meticulously record procedures and results (both in notebooks and electronically). (a,c)

Essential Criteria 6

Potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a,c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Evidence of Public Engagement activity and enthusiasm to continue contributing to such activity as related to current project. (a,c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£32,348 pa).

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Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

5 Aug 2022

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