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Research Fellow

Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £30,395 to £34,189 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (18 months)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 19 June 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 08 July 2019
Reference:  1151319FC

Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases is a multidisciplinary team of scientists, physicians and allied health professionals from across the Trust and University working collaboratively in the field of bacterial and viral pathogenesis and prevention. We have particular focus on vaccination especially with respect to meningitis and respiratory infection.

Post-doctoral Research Fellow / Senior Research Assistant 

Applicants are invited for a Research Fellowship which will be awarded at the level of Research Fellow (ERE 4).  The successful candidate will have a PhD in a subject related to microbiology/immunology and will have advanced cellular immunology skills including Flow Cytometry, immunometrics and molecular biology. It is ESSENTIAL that the candidate has experience working with Bordetella pertiussis and its antigens, and has experience with development of B cell ELLISPOT and T cell flow assays in the context of pertussis responses .Experience in innate immunity/ mucosal immunology and acquired immunity wold be a distinct advantage.

A postdoctoral researcher is required to join the new infectious disease group led by Professor Robert Read. Professor Read’s research interests include the factors which condition carriage of potential pathogens in the nasopharynx. This biology is investigated in a wide range of ways including molecular microbiology, cellular and molecular immunology, tribology, and human clinical investigation. The postdoc will be uniquely placed to conduct research close to the clinical/laboratory interface.  In particular Professor Read is interested to determine the mechanisms of vaccine/commensal induced inhibition of pathogen carriage. 

The Read lab consists of two Category 2 – capable labs equipped with modern facilities for molecular and cellular immunology and bacteriology. These labs are situated within the section of Molecular Microbiology which is within the School of Clinical and Experimental Sciences. A wide range of successful scientists work within the School, several of whom conduct research directly relevant to investigation of upper respiratory tract bacterial biology.

Contact Professor Robert Read at for further information.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803.  Please quote reference 1151319FC on all correspondence

The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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