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Research Associate- Viral Immunology Group

Cardiff University

Research Associate


School of Medicine 



Research Associate
Viral Immunology Group,
Division of Infection and Immunity
School of Medicine

A Research Associate vacancy is available in the Viral Immunology Group, in the group of Dr Ian Humphreys. The group is focused on understanding the immunological factors that modulate antiviral immune responses to viruses, using a combination of in vivo models of infection and clinical studies. 

The successful candidate will join a vibrant group studying the balance between immune-driven pathology and antiviral immunity during viral infection. Specifically, the successful candidate will use in vivo infection models and techniques such as genome-wide CRISPR screens and RNA sequencing to examine the immunological factors that regulate the formation of virus-specific T cell memory formation. A background in immunology and/or virology is preferred and previous experience of in vivo experimental models is essential.
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This post is a full time (35 hours per week), fixed term position and is available from 01/10/2017 until 30/09/2022.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum (Grade 6).
Cardiff University is currently undertaking a pre-employment checking pilot scheme across limited areas of the institution.  Under this pilot scheme, this post has been identified as being subject to the following pre-employment checks:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS).
  • Occupational Health Check (OH).
Further information about pre-employment checking can be made available upon request.
Date post advertised: Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Closing date: Saturday, 16 September 2017

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.



Job Description

Job Purpose

To conduct research within viral immunology and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


• To conduct research within viral immunology and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students. 
• To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
• To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
• To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate
• To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
• To participate in School research activities.
• To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects


• To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
- Immunology
- Infectious disease

3. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field

4. Proven ability to publish in national journals

5. Demonstrate the capability and drive to succeed in securing research funding

Communication and Team Working

6. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication

7. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals


8. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work

9. Previous experience working with in vivo experimental models

Desirable Criteria

10. Relevant professional qualification(s).

11. Evidence of collaborations with industry.

12.  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

13. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.

Additional Information

It is the School of Medicine's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.
Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 6450BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.


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