Research Fellow in Cancer Virology Ref 1569

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hoursfull time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). For further details regarding flexible working please follow this link - flexible-working
Contract: fixed term for 3 years 
Reference: 1569
Salary: starting at £33,199 to £39,609 per annum
Placed on: 21 June 2019 
Closing date: 23 July 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date:1 September 2019

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 are looking for an ambitious and creative Research Fellow to join us in a 3 year project funded by the Medical Research Council to work on the cancer-associated Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). You will join the research team of Professor Michelle West ( and be based within the Biochemistry and Biomedicine subject group in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex. You will join a friendly and hard-working team to use biochemical, molecular and cell biology techniques to investigate the impact of EBV sequence variation on the function of viral latent genes. The project will focus on the molecular mechanisms involved in host gene regulation and cellular transformation by the virus. This project is part of a research collaboration with Prof Paul Farrell and Dr Rob White at Imperial College, London.

We are seeking a dedicated team player with previous experience in molecular biology and biochemistry. A background in molecular virology or molecular oncology is also desirable.

The West laboratory is part of a large research grouping that spans Sussex Life Sciences and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School studying all aspects of gene expression control. They are also part of the blood-cancer focused Sussex Haematology group. An overview of research and teaching within the School of Life Sciences can be found at

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, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) 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, these can be found at Family Friendly Policies

Potential candidates are encouraged to make informal contact with Professor Michelle West before applying (

 The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds

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How to apply

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