Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

A postdoctoral research associate position is available to develop multiplex assays to monitor host and parasite genotype / phenotype in clinical samples obtained from patients with the parasitic disease leishmaniasis. The post is funded by a recently awarded MRC Global Challenges Research Fund Foundation Award (in collaboration with researchers in Brazil, India and Sri Lanka) that aims to develop new tools and research approaches to combatting the neglected tropical disease leishmaniasis.

You will work alongside others in the research group, as part of a multidisciplinary team, but will take on a leading role in the development of new assays for use on FFPE and frozen skin tissue. You will have a PhD in molecular biology, immunology or a related discipline, as well as previous experience of assay development based on RNA and antibody probes. Additional experience in skin immunity and histopathology, or biomarker assay development would be advantageous.

The research will be conducted in the CII, which provides state of the art facilities for pathogen related research, and will make extensive use of the resources on offer in the Biosciences Technology Facility. There will be opportunities to visit collaborative laboratories overseas.
The post is offered in the Grade 6 scale of £31,076 – £38,183 per annum. The post is fixed term for two years.

Informal enquiries may be made to either Paul Kaye (email:, Dimitris Lagos ( or Pegine Walrad (
Interviews will take place on the 9 May 2017.
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