Current Vacancies  

Project Assistant - Emerging Pathogens

Grade 6: £28,660 - £34,189 p.a. (pro rata for part-time)

A role has arisen within the Emerging Pathogens team led by Professor Sarah Gilbert, for a Project Assistant to support the Project Manager (Dr Amy Boyd) in variety of administrative capacities related to the development of vaccines for emerging pathogens. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a background in biological or medical sciences seeking a non-lab based, varied role with excellent opportunities for career progression and diversification. The role would also suit administrators with an interest in public health. Recently, the Jenner Institute, in partnership with Janssen Vaccines, has secured funding from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI http://cepi.net/) to continue development of vaccines against three emerging pathogens: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Coronavirus, Nipah virus and Lassa virus. Vaccines are one of the world’s most important public health achievements, yet their life-saving potential has not been realised for many emerging epidemic threats. Emerging pathogen outbreaks disproportionately affect low-income countries, where the risks and needs are often greatest, putting immense pressure on already fragile health systems and economies. The Jenner Institute has produced vaccines against malaria, HIV, tuberculosis and influenza, all of which are in clinical development. In recent years there has been a strong interest in the development of vaccines against emerging pathogens such as the Ebola and Zika viruses.

Candidates who fulfil the majority of the essential requirements are encouraged to apply. The postholder will deal with a wide range of matters, sometimes of a highly confidential nature, on behalf of the project manager, and will interact with pre-clinical lab teams, clinical teams and commercial partners, locally and internationally. The postholder will provide support in a range of capacities within the CEPI funded work, including recruitment, finance, communications, events management and associated administration.

This is a full-time position (part-time at minimum 60% FTE would be considered), fixed-term contract for 12 months in the first instance.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on Thursday 9 May 2019 will be considered.

Contact: HR Officer (01865 617971).

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Clinical Research Fellow

Grade E65: £31,931 - £51,176 p.a.

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and qualified clinician, to take an active role in the design, development, and execution, of clinical trials of investigational vaccines against infectious diseases such as malaria, influenza and emerging pathogens. The trials will assess the safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of promising vaccines, including phase IIa challenge studies.

You will have varied responsibilities in the trials, getting involved with: drafting protocols and ethical applications, advertising, recruiting, screening, and vaccinating volunteers. You will analyse and manage the data, maintaining complete and accurate study files. You will be expected to present the results in various formats to different audiences.

You will have completed your Foundation Year 1 and 2 training and you will be fully GMC registered and permitted to practice medicine in the UK. Knowledge of immunology and/or holding a MRCP or MRCS would be an advantage.

You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will also have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to be comfortable and confident interacting with volunteers and patients in a research study, clinical research co-ordinators, team members, laboratory and administrative staff, monitors, collaborating company representatives, MCA auditors and the broader research community. Additionally you should have excellent IT skills including email, word processing, spreadsheets and databases with ability to use statistical software programmes an advantage. This post requires flexibility in the hours worked, as some out of hours work is required (especially during challenge studies) but this can be taken back as time off in lieu.

Experience working with clinical studies, including ethics, GCP, documentation would be desirable as would previous laboratory experience relevant to malaria or infectious disease research.
This post will provide invaluable experience for you if you are considering taking time out of clinical medicine to study for a higher degree. We are also offering you an excellent base from which you could apply for Training Fellowship funding.

This post is offered for a fixed-term of 1 year in the first instance.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application. Please quote reference 140198 on all correspondence.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Thursday 2 May 2019 will be considered.

Contact: HR Officer (01865 617971).

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Research Assistant - Tuberculosis Vaccine Group

Grade 6: £28,660 - £34,189 p.a.

Professor Helen McShane’s research group is dedicated to developing new candidate vaccines for tuberculosis. For the last 14 years, we have been conducting Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials to evaluate the safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of these vaccines in the UK and in Africa.

We are seeking a Research Assistant to work with a postdoctoral scientist on the pre-clinical side to evaluate the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of new vaccines in an in vivo model. The position also includes general lab duties (maintaining supplies, consumables and instruments); preparing reagents; cataloguing frozen samples; and some data analysis. You will be highly organised, with proven experience in a laboratory environment.

You will be a Research Assistant with good interpersonal and management skills and be able to interact productively and accurately with other team members. Previous laboratory experience, good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team are essential. You will be self-motivated and capable of working well in a laboratory team, which includes other postdoctoral scientists and/or graduate students.

The post is based at the Jenner Institute, in the Old Road Campus Research Building (www.jenner.ac.uk). The TB vaccine group shares the Jenner Institute and works very closely with groups undertaking immunological evaluation of new vaccines against malaria, avian influenza and hepatitis C. There are strong links with other research centres in the University division of medical sciences and with overseas field sites.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application. Please quote reference 140256 on all correspondence.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on 1 May 2019 will be considered.

Contact: HR Officer (01865 617971).

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GMP Technician

Grade 3: £19,202 - £22,017 p.a.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated technician to work in our controlled cleanrooms where we manufacture Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) for clinical trials, according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

In your role as GMP Technician you will be performing cleanroom housekeeping duties including, but not limited to, cleaning of rooms and equipment, operating the steriliser, setting up equipment for use, sorting of cleanroom laundry and environmental monitoring, to support our team of production scientists.

You will have science A levels or significant laboratory experience, IT skills and possess the ability to work accurately, in accordance with written instructions and with attention to detail.

The position involves demonstrating strong written and verbal communication skills and adopting a proactive and self-motivated approach to developing your skills and learning new ones in a regulated environment.

We are looking for someone who enjoys working with others as you will be interacting closely with a diverse range of people.

This is a full-time position, fixed-term until 31 July 2021 in the first instance.

Applicants should read the job description document before submitting their application. You will be required to upload a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on Wednesday 24 April 2019 will be considered.

Contact: HR Officer (01865 617971).

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Project Manager Malaria Vaccine Development

Grade 8: £40,792 - £48,677 p.a. (pro rata for part-time)

Applications are invited for a Project Manager – Malaria Vaccine Development to join Professor Simon Draper’s blood-stage malaria vaccine development group at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford.

This role is focused on managing the manufacture of a new malaria vaccine candidate through the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) prior to initiating clinical trials. You will have the lead day-to-day responsibility for the successful execution of the project, supported by Professor Draper and the other team members and scientists. You will be responsible for managing interactions between the various team members (preclinical and clinical), and a number of external private-sector contractors and collaborators and funders. The post also involves finance and project management across a range of on-going and new programmes of work being undertaken by the Draper group.

Applicants must have the ability to lead large and complex projects with multiple stakeholders, budgets exceeding £1m, long time-frames, and regulatory complexity. You will have a science degree, ideally in medical or life sciences or other relevant subject, be an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills, and possess critical thinking ability and good problem-solving skills.

This post is offered full-time or part-time (80% FTE or 4 days a week), and is fixed-term for 2 years.

Informal enquiries about this post can be addressed to: simon.draper@ndm.ox.ac.uk.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on Wednesday 1 May 2019 will be considered.

Contact: HR Officer (01865 617971).

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VALIDATE Research Data Analyst

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are looking for a VALIDATE Research Data Analyst to maximise the outputs and lessons learned from the VALIDATE Network’s immunology and vaccine-related data available from its collaborating members. This is an exciting post, where you can have an impact on vaccine R&D for neglected diseases.

VALIDATE (“VAccine deveLopment for complex Intracellular neglecteD pAThogEns”) aims to bring together human and veterinary academics, industry partners, and governmental and non-governmental agencies around the world to accelerate progress towards developing vaccines.

You will encourage our members to share published and unpublished data via our Data Portal, which you will manage, and you will be responsible for maximising outcomes from the data available. You will examine cross-pathogen, cross-species, and cross-country immunological data to find synergies and differences, generating new findings and peer-reviewed journal publications, and building models to predict vaccine efficacy. You will be responsible for examining cross-pathogen immune responses, for example using available data sets from studies of immune correlates of risk of TB disease, to build models to predict immune correlates of risk of leishmania, leprosy and melioidosis disease. You will participate in identifying knowledge gaps and developing proposals to fund research projects to address these areas.

You will have a PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, mathematics, or statistics, with a scientific background in biology. You will have postdoctoral experience working as a bioinformatician, mathematical modeller or statistician. You must be proactive, have excellent communication skills, be a team-player, and be comfortable working closely with scientists and clinicians in diverse geographical locations who possess a wide range of skillsets and knowledge. It is expected that the work will involve a range of complex and original scientific work and requires a high degree of personal motivation.

This is a full-time fixed-term appointment until 31 May 2020 in the first instance and funded by the Medical Research Council.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application. Please quote reference 140211 on all correspondence.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Wednesday 1 May 2019 can be considered.

Contact: HR Officer.

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Head of Operations

Grade 9: £47,263 - £59,828 p.a.

We are seeking to appoint a manager, which is a senior leadership position within the Jenner Vaccine Trials – NDM team (JVT-NDM). The Jenner Institute is based within the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM) at the University of Oxford. Many of the Investigators at the Jenner Institute undertake Phase I and Phase II clinical trials of candidate vaccines targeting a wide range of diseases.

You will oversee the day-to-day operations of this busy and dynamic clinical enterprise within the Jenner Institute. You will have a relevant higher degree, ideally in biology or other relevant subject and will need to be highly organised, able to deal with complex information, and able to prioritise your workload to meet deadlines. You will be required to work extensively with staff and collaborators at different levels, including clinicians, nurses, scientists from PhD students to professors, managers, industry partners, and funders; so excellent interpersonal skills are essential, as are excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Applications should be made online, you will be required to upload a CV and 1 - 2 page supporting statement as part of your application. The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 29 April 2019.

Contact: HR Officer (01865 617604)

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TB Vaccine Project Manager

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking a Project Manager to support our Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccine Programme led by Professor Helen McShane.

We have been developing TB vaccines for the last 17 years. This has included early stage design and testing in preclinical in vivo models, and human clinical trials, evaluating the safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of these vaccines in the UK and in Africa.

We aim to foster scientific excellence within a friendly, open and free-thinking environment.

You will be managing our vaccine development programme, including clinical trials in the UK and overseas. You will be highly organised, able to deal with complex information, and to prioritise your workload effectively. You will work with staff and collaborators at different levels regularly, including clinicians, nurses, scientists from PhD students to Professors, managers, industry partners, and funders, so excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential.

You will be a science graduate, preferably with relevant skills and knowledge of clinical trial management. You will have excellent organisational skills and you can work effectively both independently and as part of a team. You will be self-motivated, capable of coordinating complex logistic operations and motivating others to meet deadlines. Critical thinking and good problem solving skills are needed. You will work to high standard and have a good attention to detail and good computer skills.

Previous experience in vaccine development, designing and managing large investigational medicinal product trials, performing research in developing countries, relevant higher degree, and an understanding of Good Clinical Practice, would be an advantage.

You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement which explains how you meet the selection criteria for the post.

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on Wednesday 24 April 2019 will be considered.

Contact: HR Officer (01865 617604)

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