Research Associate / Fellow (Fixed Term)

Closing Date
Sunday, 9th January 2022
Job Type
School of Medicine, Academic Unit 2 Translational Medical Sciences, Cancer & Stem Cells
£27924 to £31406 per annum, depending on skills and experience (£31406 with relevant PhD).

We require a motivated and dynamic person to drive development and validation of a pre-clinical, stem-cell based intestinal organoid platform for vaccine development pipelines. This post, funded by the EU and the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), Inno4VAC, is available until 31st August 2023 in the first instance, with the potential to extend up to 3 additional years if research milestones and deliverables are successfully demonstrated. 

The purpose of this role will be to develop, characterise and validate a 3D intestinal organoid platform that can model bacterial and viral host-pathogen interactions. The post holder will be expected to plan and conduct work using approaches or methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research and will be responsible for writing up their work for publication. To identify opportunities and assist in writing bids for research grant applications. Prepare proposals and applications to both external and/or internal bodies for funding, contractual or accreditation purposes. The post holder will work with hIPSCs and primary intestinal tissue biopsy and culture intestinal organoids in a 3D culture system. Host pathogen interactions using live bacteria, bacterial toxins and virus will also make up a significant part of the research duties along with downstream evaluation of cellular physiological and functional phenotyping.

The role holder will be expected to engage with members of the Hannan lab as well as members of the Inno4VAC consortium as appropriate. The post holder will report to Dr Nicholas Hannan who is the lead investigator on the grant and will have the opportunity to use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio. 

Applicants should hold a PhD (or near to completion) in stem cell biology/host pathogen interactions and experience in research area .

This role is fixed term until 31st August 2023. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours); however, applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of preferred hours.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Nick Hannan, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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