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Research assistant

This post represents an excellent opportunity for a research assistant to join the Viral Glycoproteins group on an MRC-funded project studying the innate immune response to human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

HR people services team member (maternity cover)

Our aim is to develop and deliver a high performing people services provision for the Institute that is aligned with our PRIDE values, engages our people, enabling us to achieve our strategy and to be recognised as an employer of choice.

The people services team member is responsible for delivering a best in-class, efficient HR service to a demanding client group, providing transactional support underpinned by service level agreements to ensure timely and effective resolution of cases and first line professional advice and guidance.

Electrical technician

Based on the Pirbright site carrying out planned preventative and reactive maintenance activities, including operation and maintenance (to competency level) we are looking for an electrical technician of mechanical building services and process plant, including high containment HEPA filtered HVAC systems, high containment drainage and effluent treatment plants/equipment, standard building services including gases, water, compressed air, steam/condense and refrigerated systems.

Laboratory technician

The successful candidate will be required to support the activities of the vector molecular biology group at The Pirbright Institute. The group uses genetically modified mosquitoes to analyse the function of genes involved in development, with the purpose of identifying targets for novel mosquito control approaches.The post holder will be involved in selecting, maintaining and crossing multiple strains of mosquitoes and in various molecular laboratory-based duties, such as assisting in construction and purification of plasmids and RNA templates.

Health safety and risk manager

The health safety and risk manager (HSRM) will report to the capability leader - projects and processes and will be responsible for the development and management of the department’s health, safety and risk processes and systems.

Cell culture apprentice

The successful candidate will work alongside the cell culture specialists and cell culture assistants in the cell culture team, which resides within the research services department.

Research services apprentice

The successful applicant will achieve a broad understanding of laboratory manager in a class II and high containment context, including health, safety and biosafety issues. Will be proficient in basic tissue culture techniques, basic flow cytometry and bio imaging techniques (preparation of samples for analysis including immunofluorescence and staining for cellular or viral markers, preparation of general laboratory reagents) and will gain scientific equipment database management training.

Laboratory technician

The successful candidate will support the day to day activities of the Non-Vesicular Disease Reference Laboratories (NVRL) at The Pirbright Institute. The primary purpose of the NVRL is to provide a diagnostic service and characterise outbreaks of certain viral diseases that have a strong predisposition for trans-boundary spread.

Postdoctoral research scientist

The successful applicant will be a key member of the birnavirus group and will report directly to the head of the group. The position is part of a two-year funded NC3Rs project to develop a chicken primary B cell culture model to investigate the interaction of immunosuppressive viruses with avian B cells.

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