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Preclinical Immunologist - Vaccinology

Medical Sciences, Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM), Jenner Institute, Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington, Oxford
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

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 (University of Oxford), in partnership with Janssen Vaccines, has secured funding from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI to continue development of replication-deficient simian adenoviral vectored vaccines against three emerging pathogens: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Coronavirus, Nipah virus and Lassa virus.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Vaccinologist to play a key role in the Emerging Pathogens Group’s on-going programme of work. The primary focus will be to work as a member of the team responsible for generating and testing a number of new vaccines for pre-clinical assessment of immunogenicity and efficacy. You will be responsible for the development of new vaccines against Emerging Pathogens (e.g. MERS, Lassa and Nipah) and the pre-clinical assessment of these vaccines.

The Jenner Institute has a strong record of attracting external grant funding, a robust publication record, and the programmes for vaccine development toward emerging pathogens have expanded significantly in recent years. We aim to foster scientific excellence within a welcoming and progressive environment. The postholder will play a key role in the Emerging Pathogens Vaccine Group’s on-going programme of work, under the direction of Professor Sarah Gilbert, supervised by Associate Professor Teresa Lambe. You will be a highly organised, motivated individual with proven experience in vaccine development and assessment. You will hold a PhD (or near completion ) in a relevant biological/engineering sciences and able to interpret scientific data, analyse and research complex issues.

Excellent communication skills with the ability to present results clearly and logically, working co-operatively as part of a team as well as independently, are also essential capabilities for this post. You will adapt and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols; gather, analyse, and present scientific; collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and present papers and posters; and contribute to wider project planning, including ideas for new research projects. You will work closely with the clinical team as there is a major translational emphasis, with full integration of the clinical and laboratory teams.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for up to 2 years in the first instance. The postholder will be based at the Jenner Institute, Old Road Campus Research Building, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, OX3 7DQ.

Depending on experience, this post may be offered at Grade 6 (£28,660 - £33,199 p.a.) with reduced duties.

If you are interested in this role, and have the skills and experience we are looking for, please apply online. 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 Monday 11 March 2019 will be considered.

Contact Person : HR Officer

Vacancy ID : 139304
Contact Phone : 01865 617644

Closing Date : 11-Mar-2019

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Clinical Trials Assistant

Applications to be received by 12pm on Monday 25th of February 2019

Grade 5: £25,482 - £33,199 p.a.

The Jenner Institute is seeking to appoint a Clinical Trial Assistant. The Clinical Trials Assistant will have a role in the development, co-ordination and completion of clinical trials conducted by the emerging pathogens and influenza teams. This is a key role within the Clinical Trials Research Team ensuring smooth and effective running of operations, and providing day-to-day professional support for the unit and its collaborators. You will have good interpersonal skills and be able to interact productively and accurately with other team members, researchers and collaborators. You will need to be highly organised, able to deal with complex information, and able to prioritise your workload to meet deadlines.

You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You need to have proven administrative experience, with excellent attention to detail, accuracy, and good numerical skills.

You will be educated to A level standard (or equivalent) as a minimum. Further education qualification in a scientific field (ideally a biological science) or equivalent knowledge/experience would be desirable. An understanding of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) would also be desirable but not essential for this position. The emerging pathogens and influenza vaccine groups are within the Jenner Institute ( If you have the relevant experience and knowledge, we encourage you to apply.

The post is based at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine, Churchill Hospital, Oxford (

This position is a fixed-term contract for 2 years

Only applications received before 12.00 noon on Monday 25 February 2019 will be considered.

Contact: HR Officer (01865 617971)

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