Research Fellow in Virology

University of Surrey

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Microbial Sciences
Location:  Guildford

£35,308 to £37,386
per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date: 
23.59 hours BST on Monday 10 July 2023
Reference:  030623

Duration: 12 months with the possibility of further extension

Start date: Available immediately (Interviews are likely to be held W/C 17 July 2023)

RNA Metabolism in Herpes Simplex Virus Infection

Applications are invited for an MRC-funded Research Fellow based in the herpesvirus research group run by Prof. Gill Elliott in the Section of Virology, School of Biosciences and Medicine, University of Surrey.

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a comprehensive research programme into the biology of herpes simplex virus, with particular focus on the role of the virion host shutoff (vhs) protein in RNA metabolism during infection. The successful candidate will explore the localisation of mRNA transcripts targeted by vhs, and the downstream effect on the infected cell translatome and secretome.

We are therefore looking for a highly motivated individual with or about to obtain a PhD in a biological science, and proven ability in virus research. Consideration will also be given to individuals without a PhD but with the required skills and experience. A background in RNA biology, transcriptomics and/or proteomics would also be highly beneficial.

Our well-equipped laboratory is located in the School of Biosciences at the beautiful campus of the University of Surrey, close to London. The dynamic and growing Section of Virology is comprised of five research groups focused on the molecular and cellular basis of disease caused by a range of important human and animal pathogens including herpesviruses, poxviruses, SARS-CoV2, RSV and arboviruses.

When completing the online application form, please ensure you include a cover letter.

For an informal discussion, please contact Prof. Gill Elliott ([email protected] ).

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£34,314) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£35,308).

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