Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Ref: 526-18)
Centre for Snakebite Research & Interventions
Department of Parasitology
Salary: £34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Full-time, Fixed-term appointment until 31st March 2021 (with the possibility of extension)
Based in Liverpool
Founded in 1898 and the oldest of its kind in the world, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for teaching and research in tropical diseases. Through the creation of effective links with governments, NGOs, private organisations and global institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics.
The Centre for Snakebite Research and Interventions (CSRI) at LSTM is at the forefront of research to develop the next generation of snakebite therapies. The intent is to develop therapies with unparalleled efficacy, affordability and safety – to substantially and sustainably reduce the high rates of deaths and disability that currently afflict snakebite victims throughout the world.
The CSRI is currently recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to be part of a substantial, multi-disciplinary research team dedicated to identifying and implementing systems and tools to improve the treatment of tropical snakebite. As part of the project, you will lead, design and establish in-house scientific expertise to develop recombinant human/humanised antibodies as candidates as new snakebite-treatment tools, as well as refine the efficacy-selection and refinement of those monoclonal antibodies.
The PDRA will supervise and develop under-graduate and post-graduate students whilst contributing to teaching at LSTM. You will actively participate in the CSRI’s engagement tasks and help incorporate results of this research into the project’s other biotherapeutic and socioeconomic results for delivery as academic publications. Another key element of the post will be your contribution to the writing of bids for research grants.
It is essential to hold a PhD in a relevant field with evidence of continuous professional development and have knowledge of antibody engineering and a range of molecular and immunological techniques. Demonstrable experience in generating and selecting monoclonal antibodies is a highly desirable characteristic, and any practical skills and knowledge of venom biology or venom therapeutics will be an added advantage. As a member of a diverse team, your ability to liaise effectively with collaborators and team members from different cultures is vital. Though based in Liverpool, you must be willing and able to travel to USA, Africa and India for research collaboration and training visits.
Closing Date: 13th January 2019
Please note: LSTM will close on 19th December 2018 and will not re-open until 2nd January 2019. We will be unable to respond to any queries during this period.
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