Research Fellow

Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 24th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1880652
  • Closes: 06th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The appointee will participate in a large, multi-institutional and multidisciplinary Research Unit funded by the NIHR based in the Institute of Child Health, University College London, the University of Oxford, UK Heath Security Agency and NHS Blood and Transplant. The programme Genomic Revolutions in Donation Screening and Safety (GRiDSS) is designed to exploit advances in new molecular detection and genetic characterisation technologies for viruses and other organisms, developments that will transform how donations of blood, tissues and organs and stem cell derived products donors are evaluated for transmission risk from transfusion or transplant. GRiDSS has three themes, technology, viromics and safety. This post will focus on questions being addressed within the first two themes.

This post is funded for 36 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The candidate will have a PhD/DPhil in a virology, microbiology or molecular biology subject area, experience in molecular methods (cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, reverse genetics), experience of Next Generation Sequencing methodologies (particularly Illumina and/or Nanopore) (wet lab), experience of development/optimisation of lab protocols. They will have evidence of significant scientific contribution, including publications and presentations at conferences and possess the ability to develop research questions collaboratively, conduct individual research, analysing detailed and complex qualitative and/or quantitative NGS viromics data.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of the page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Judy Breuer: or if you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Madhur Sharma on quoting job reference 1880652.

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6 Jan 2022

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