The MOA group investigates mechanisms of drug action in kinetoplastid parasites. The group works alongside existing research groups within WCAIR, developing and employing cutting edge molecular biology, cell biology and biochemical tools to define drug mechanisms in Trypanosoma brucei, Leishmania spp. and T. cruzi. Our intention is to expand our current repertoire of tools to facilitate MOA studies in Plasmodium spp. The successful candidate will lead the development of our molecular biology, cell biology and biochemical tools in this apicomplexan parasite. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a group whose most recent publications have featured in Nature and PNAS. This position is for one year in the first instance.
• A Ph.D. in a relevant subject, such as molecular biology or biochemistry.
• Extensive experience in molecular biology is essential.
• Extensive experience in cell culture is essential.
• Previous experience in the culture and genetic manipulation of Plasmodium spp would be highly advantageous.
• Experience of culturing category 2 pathogens (preferred).
• Computer and data processing/management skills are desirable
• Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team
• Good communication skills – written/verbal
• Track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent upon you having been awarded a PhD. An appointment may be considered if you are shortly expected to be awarded a PhD. The initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £31,302).
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