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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Medway School of Pharmacy

Location:  Chatham
Salary:  £34,804 to £40,322 per annum
Grade:  Grade 7
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 24 Months
Release Date:  Tuesday 30 June 2020
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Thursday 30 July 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  Friday 07 August 2020
Reference:  STM-174-20

The Medway School of Pharmacy is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA), to assist Dr. Nigel Temperton on his project to study the immunopathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 to inform the development of new therapeutics and vaccines. 

This is a two-year postdoctoral research associate position at the Viral Pseudotype Unit (VPU) where you will be part of an international consortium. The role is funded from the Wellcome Trust, and the project involves working within a dynamic international multi-disciplinary team to develop, refine and perform cell-based assays such as ADE, ELISPOT, ELISA, pseudotype virus neutralisation/fusion amongst others, as part of a platform of technologies to study immuno-pathogenesis.

The project is based at the Medway School of Pharmacy, University of Kent, where you will be supervised by Dr Nigel Temperton ( You will also integrate closely with the laboratory of Prof. Xiao-Ning Xu at Imperial College London, and with other co-investigators at the University of Oxford and the University of Hong Kong.

In this role, you will be an active member of a research team assisting in the development, planning and delivery of the research activity within a specified area so that the overall research objectives of the project are met. 

As Postdoctoral Research Associate you will: 

  • carry out experimental procedures and assays to the highest level 
  • develop an independent approach to the research project in both the design and execution of the necessary experiments as required by the funding
  • maintain accurate laboratory notebooks to document all aspects of the work performed
  • report on research progress at lab meetings on a regular basis (Kent and Imperial College London)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in virology or immunology, or submitted/near completion
  • a background in RNA viruses 
  • experience with cell-based immunological assays 
  • experience with molecular cloning

The Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent. Since opening in 2004 we have become recognised as an established school of pharmacy, by the regulator The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The School sits prominently in the heart of the Medway-shared university campus and is well connected to the local towns of Rochester, Gillingham and Chatham. 

Our mission is to produce, through innovative teaching and research delivered in a supportive and caring environment, high-quality professional graduates committed to lifelong learning.

Research is critical to the school and takes place under the guidance of our Director of Research. The school has made a significant investment in facilities and equipment and continues to evolve strong collaborations and an interdisciplinary approach to research. We have had successful research grants from research councils such as MRC and BBSRC, as well as from charities and industrial collaborations such as Pfizer.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: STM-174-20

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