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Research Assistant or Research Fellow

Department of Clinical Research

Salary:  £34,238 to £44,634
Closing Date:  Friday 09 August 2019
Reference:  ITD-CRD-2019-18

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. 

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant or Research Fellow to work in the Department of Clinical Research within the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases in London, Keppel Street. The successful candidate will be responsible for the laboratory investigations of host immune response to ocular Chlamydia trachomatis infections. The post holder will investigate the host response using both cellular and humoral immunity assays using techniques such as ELISA, flow cytometry and host HLA-genotyping. The specific areas of study are identification neutralising antibodies and measurement of other functional serological responses such as Fc binding, measurement of ADCC and subclass/isotype profiling. In addition, the post holder is expected to take an active role in developing assays that are new to our laboratory, work with our collaborators at Imperial College, Statens Serum Institute, Copenhagen and Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute in Tanzania and be willing to spend time visiting or working in any of the collaborators laboratories in order to facilitate knowledge and skills transfer between groups. 

The successful candidate will hold a MSc degree in a relevant field either awarded or imminent (Research Assistant), or will be expected to have completed their PhD studies (Research Fellow) in immunology, Infectious disease or microbiology, have a proven ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively as part of a research team; evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and relevant computer/analytical skills Microsoft office, Graphpad R. In addition those applying for the Research Fellow role, must have relevant experience with some or all of the following: cell culture, ELISA, PCR, FACS or NGS techniques as well as evidence of being conversant in R/Biostatistics analysis. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.

The post is full-time, fixed term and is available from 1 August 2019. The post is funded by a European Union Horizon 2020 grant (TracVac) awarded to LSHTM, UK, Imperial College, UK, CEA, France and Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark until 28 February 2021. The salary will be on the  Academic Pathway salary scale at Grade 5 (Research Assistant) in the range £34,238 - £39,304 per annum or at Grade 6 (Research Fellow) in the range £39,304 - £44,634 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting), depending on qualifications and experience. The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.  

Applications should be made on-line via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of two referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Please quote reference ITD-CRD-2019-18. 

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. 

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

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