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Research Fellow Development of Therapeutics

Cancer Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 - per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (for 3 years)
Closing Date:  Monday 10 August 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1277320CM

The position will be held in the Centre for Cancer Immunology at Southampton General Hospital.  This is a newly constructed, dedicated research building that is the result of a significant fund-raising campaign. It builds on a 40 year history of pioneering immunology and cancer research at Southampton, and represents the first dedicated cancer immunology centre in the UK. The activities in this centre span from pioneering discovery science to applied research and preclinical modelling and, crucially, onto first-in-human clinical trials and beyond.  The centre houses world-class research facilities, including state-of-the-art scientific laboratories and a clinical trials unit.

The position is associated with the laboratory of Professors Ward and Ober who have recently relocated their research group from the USA to Southampton. Their interdisciplinary research program is dedicated to the development of novel antibody-based therapeutics that in the past has led to several therapeutics that are currently in late-stage clinical trials. The group also develops advanced microscopy techniques for the evaluation of novel therapeutics in cellular environments. Their research is supported by major grants from the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and support from collaborating biopharma companies.

The appointee will be highly motivated and excited by the challenges involved in using mechanistic approaches to generate engineered antibodies for use as therapeutics in cancer and autoimmune disease. The appointee is expected to have an outstanding background, including high quality publications, in cellular techniques related to immunology and/or antibodies, including flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy and other in vitro cellular assays. Experience in using mouse disease models is also highly desirable. 

Scientific knowledge in the areas described above equivalent to Ph.D. level is required. The post-holder will possess a relevant PhD academic qualifications and work experience as well as good IT skills.  Non-UK/non-EU citizens are also welcome to apply.

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.

This position is for three years. Availability of funds for a period beyond the three year time-frame is a possibility.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor E. Sally Ward (E.S.Ward@soton.ac.uk) or Professor Raimund J. Ober (raimund.ober@gmail.com).

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed application form online at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Dan Ward (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote vacancy reference number 1277320CM on all correspondence.

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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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