Research Fellow in Virology

School:  School of Life Sciences
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed, until the 30th of April 2018
Reference: 2570
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum.
Closing date: 30 October 2017. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.

Job description

The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014.

We wish to appoint a Research Fellow in Molecular and Applied Virology to start by the 6 November 2017. The post is for 6 months, however, further funding has been sought to extend this.

The main focus of the research funded by Innovate UK is to evaluate synthetic vaccine inserts and viral vector platforms as potential candidates for emerging viral diseases. We will be using Ebola virus and Lassa virus glycoprotein-based vaccine approaches as a proof of concept in a consortium of UK partners and 1 EU partner.

The project will involve the cloning of candidate vaccine inserts into viral pseudotyping vectors and generation of pseudotyped viruses using these inserts. The resulting viruses will be used to assess functional antibody responses to candidate vaccines using pseudotype-based neutralisation assays.

The project is based with Dr Edward Wright in the Viral Pseudotype Unit, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex. The research will be undertaken in close collaboration with Professor Jonathan Heeney in the Lab of Viral Zoonotics, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience. They must also have a proven record of successful experience in research and their subject expertise must be up to-date.

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in science and engineering at Sussex. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers.

The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents.

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Dr Edward Wright. Email

Download job description and person specification Ref 2570 [PDF 126.83KB]

How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Applications should be accompanied by a full CV, a statement of research interests and aspirations (not more than 1 pages), and the names of two academic referees.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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