Jobs

To apply for one of the positions listed below, please send a copy of your CV with an optional cover letter to jobs@pirbright.ac.uk.

Postdoctoral scientist

African swine fever virus (ASFV) causes a lethal disease of domestic pigs that has become entrenched in wild boar in eastern countries of the European Union. A vaccine is required to eradicate the disease from the wildlife reservoir and so prevent spillover into backyard and commercial holdings. Developing an ASFV vaccine is problematic due to the complexity of the virus and the lack of knowledge of proteins involved in protection. The post holder will screen the ASFV proteome for immunogenic proteins and identify key immunodominant antigens.

Post-doctoral scientist (x2), foot-and-mouth disease vaccine development

We have recently secured funding for 30 months from The Wellcome Trust to translate virus like particle (VLP) foot-and-mouth disease vaccine research to commercial development in collaboration with The Universities of Oxford and Reading and our industrial partner MSD animal health. We would like to recruit two post-doctoral scientists to work at Pirbright to test this new vaccine platform in vitro and in vivo in cattle, as part of a commercial development programme.

Postdoctoral research scientist

The successful candidate will join the Avian Oncogenic Viruses group at Pirbright and report to the head of the group. The purpose of this position is to recruit a postdoctoral research scientist with experience in gene editing to carry out investigations into the molecular mechanism of ALV induced oncogenesis to meet the objectives of the two and a half year’s BBSRC-Newton fund project in collaboration with a number of Chinese institutes/universities.

Research scientist (arthropod genetics)

This position is part of a multi-institution project funded by the DARPA safe genes programme, through MIT entitled “daisy chain systems for the precise alteration of local populations”.  The primary purpose is to realise in practice the “daisy drive” concept for locally-acting, safe, reversible gene drive systems (see http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/06/06/057307). A major component of the project is to develop daisy drives in mosquitoes.

Mosquito research technician (arthropod genetics)

This position is part of a multi-institution project funded by the DARPA safe genes programme, entitled “daisy chain systems for the precise alteration of local populations”.  The primary purpose is to realise in practice the “daisy drive” concept for locally-acting, safe, reversible gene drive systems (see http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/06/06/057307).  A major component of the project is to develop daisy drives in mosquitoes.

Project manager (H2020 DEFEND)

DEFEND is a 5 year project funded under the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, beginning  in July 2018. The DEFEND consortium involves 32 project partners from 21 countries, and includes academic institutes, pharmaceutical companies, and government bodies.

A key requirement for the DEFEND project is effective interactions between consortium partners, clear communications with the EU and timely dissemination of project outputs to stakeholders. We seek an experienced project manager for DEFEND to enable these activities.

Business admin apprentice

The business admin apprentice is a pivotal member of the training team and will support the department in delivering an excellent training service. The training team provides a range of courses for staff and external customers, delivered on-site by internal and external trainers. We have a new, dedicated training facility for hosting such events and this apprenticeship will provide the opportunity to learn the art of event management through this training facility.

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