The Pirbright Institute receives strategic funding from BBSRC

Recruitment for vacancies within The Pirbright Institute is managed on our behalf of the Institute by the RCUK Shared Services Ltd. To view or apply for this vacancy please visit the RCUK careers website, where an application form and further details can be found:

The vacancies listed below are still being recruited directly by The Pirbright Institute. For further information or application details on any of these particular vacancies please contact the institute directly via


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IRC159175Part Time Senior Communications OfficerThis role will manage the strategy and delivery for all external and internal Development Programme communications activity for the Institute, liaising extremely closely with the Head of Communications, the development team, the change team and BBSRC along with key contractors and consultants. PDF19-10-2014
IRC158233Postdoctoral Scientist (Immunogenetics) The Pirbright Institute (TPI) is a world leader in research on infectious diseases of livestock with a strong track record in translating this research into more effective disease control. A fixed term 11 month postdoctoral position is available to within the Immunogenetics Group led by Dr John Hammond. This group studies the impact of livestock genetic variation on the immune responses to viral infection. The ultimate aim is to increase vaccine efficacy and improve disease resistance. This post will study the role of natural killer (NK) cells in the cattle immune response. Diverse receptors expressed on a variety of immune cells are an essential part of host adaptation to pathogen challenge, with germ-line recombination and mutation producing new genes and new variants of old genes. A distinct set of these variable and diverse receptors are expressed on NK cells. NK cells are one of the first responders to pathogen infection and the magnitude of the NK response subsequently influences how the rest of the immune system responds. Cattle have a unique and highly diverse NK cell receptor system, but the role of this diversity on NK cell function has yet to be determined. This project will examine the immune response of genetically defined cattle during different challenges, in both the presence and absence of NK cells. The aim is to determine the role of NK cells during the early response to challenge and how the NK cell response affects subsequent immune functions.PDF08-10-2014
IRC157893Postdoctoral ScientistA post-doctoral scientist with practical experience of molecular virology is required to work on Peste-des-Petits Ruminants virus (PPR) in a BBSRC/EU Anihwa-funded international (UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Turkey and Africa) research project within the Vaccine Differentiation Group and livestock viral Disease programme at The Pirbright Institute, UK. The research is aimed at understanding the epidemiology of PPR by conducting whole genome sequencing of PPR viruses using NGS approach and analyzing samples originated from serosurveilnce in wildlife/small ruminants interface in endemic countries. PDF06-10-2014
IRC157833Science AdministratorTo provide secretarial support to Programme Leader at Pirbright Laboratory.PDF06-10-2014

Further particulars on the Fellowships and how to apply can be found here.


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2013/2014FellowshipsThe Pirbright Institute is a world-leading centre for research and surveillance to prevent virus diseases of livestock and virus transmission from animals to humans. We wish to attract and encourage the best scientists to join the Institute to help take forward this important and exciting area of science. In order to help achieve this aim, the Institute has introduced its own Fellowships Scheme to enable outstanding early-stage, post-doctoral scientists to develop their own research programme, within the remit of the Institute. The Institute is also open to discussions with prospective employees who wish to apply for externally funded fellowships based at the Pirbright Institute. If you would like to discuss how your own scientific ideas might fit with these possible openings, informal enquiries can be made to the Institute Director of Science, Professor David Paton (e-mail: Alternatively telephone 01483 232441 or e-mail