Working at the Jenner Institute


The vaccine development process

Vaccine development is a multi-disciplinary effort which requires expertise from a diversity of areas that range from immunology, structural biology and pathogen genomics, to bioprocessing, delivery technology, field trial design and health economics.

Whether as a student or a member of staff, you will become directly involved in the translational research of vaccines against infectious human and veterinary diseases, including malaria, pandemic flu, avian flu, TB, Bovine TB, HCV, HIV, meningococcus, pneumococcus, MRSA, amongst others. The research ranges from early-stage development of new vaccine candidates, to the assessment of vaccines in clinical trials.

Research groups and programmes

Jenner Investigators and senior post-docs each head their own group focussing on a specific vaccine target. Their groups consist of post-docs, students and research assistants. Larger groups also include project managers, clinical trial doctors, research nurses and volunteer coordinators.

Group Leaders, postdocs, students, RA and work closely together and hold weekly Lab Meetings. Everyone gives a summary of their work to the whole Jenner group in twice yearly Lab Presentations.

Read more about our different research programmes.


The Jenner Institute Laboratories in Headington, Oxford, house the main laboratories of the Institute's pre-clinical development of human vaccines, and its administrative headquarters.

The clinical activities of the Institute are based at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine, with strong links to units in developing countries, such as The Gambia, Kenya and Senegal, where new vaccines against malaria, tuberculosis and HIV are in field trials.

A number of vaccines for Phase II trials are manufactured to GMP clinical grade at the University's Clinical Biomanufacturing Facility.

Veterinary vaccine development takes place at our partner institution The Pirbright Institute.

The working environment

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The Jenner Institute Laboratories are part of the University's Nuffield Department of Medicine, which is actively promoting the provision of a family friendly working environment.