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Research Associate: Computational analyses of influenza virus evolution

We invite applications for postdoctoral Research Associate position to join the Centre for Pathogen Evolution in the Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge.

The appointment will be for a period of two years starting on 1 August or as soon as possible thereafter. The research focus is to design and develop analytical, computational, and mathematical methods to understand the fundamental processes that govern the evolution of influenza viruses. The aim is to translate this understanding into the prediction of possible future antigenic variants to guide currently funded phase II clinical trials of next generation influenza vaccines. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and involves substantial global collaboration with experimental virologists, immunologists and clinicians to quantify the selection pressures on influenza viruses to better understand their evolutionary dynamics, and to inform control strategies. The project position, which is funded by US government funding agency BARDA is to start on 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for the Role.

  • PhD in an appropriate area (eg, genetics, virology, statistics, mathematics);
  • Excellent analytic, design, and scientific skills;
  • Ambition, drive, strong work ethic, and good interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • The ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly in a research team setting;
  • Enthusiasm to interact with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment;
  • The ability to engage in continuing professional development and to keep relevant specialist knowledge up-to-date.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The responsibility of this position is to contribute to analysis and scientific understanding of pathogen evolution as a member of Professor Derek Smith's research group within the Department of Zoology;
  • The post holder will be expected to participate in the dissemination of research through publications and oral presentations both within the department and at conferences;
  • The post holder may also be expected to advise, train, and co-supervise PhD students and other junior or visiting postdoctoral researchers within the group, and to periodically write reports for funding bodies and other supporting institutions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 24 months.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PF15778 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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