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School of Chemistry Food and Pharmacy, University of Reading

We are seeking a creative researcher motivated by global healthcare challenges to pioneer an exciting new research programme that will address the burden of mosquito-borne viral infections - such as dengue fever in SE Asia - by developing new methods for infectious disease diagnostics that exploit unique properties of affordable miniaturised immunoassay devices made from microcapillary film.

Previously, our multidisciplinary research team pioneered the use of “microcapillary film”- a mass-produced microfluidic material- for a wide range of diagnostic and bioassay applications. This new 16 month Wellcome Trust funded post will apply this core technology to the global grand challenge of infectious disease diagnostics. We will target a group of crossreactive mosquito-borne viral infections such as dengue fever and zika in the SE Asia region, but the technology developed will be useful for combatting many challenging infections worldwide.

A major objective of this postdoctoral post is not only to develop the technology in the laboratory, but to drive product development by identifying and defining specific clinical target applications. This focus on the interface between invention and adoption is crucial to ensuring that our research has a real impact on global health.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline such as virology, microbiology, immunology, microfluidics or diagnostic technology development. Practical experience of immunoassay techniques is a major advantage. Relevant postdoctoral research, experience of technology commercialisation, and/or experience of clinical infectious disease diagnostics would also all be beneficial. 

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Dr Alexander Edwards

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Prof Ian Jones

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Interview date 15 February 2017

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.


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