Research Fellow In Virology
University Of Leeds
Location: Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute: School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Category: Research Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a. We will consider flexible working arrangements Working Time: 100% Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 06 January 2023 – external funding)
Release Date: Thursday 24 June 2021
Closing Date: Wednesday 07 July 2021
We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work on the hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5A protein in the laboratory of Prof. Mark Harris. You will use a range of molecular virology approaches to study NS5A of HCV genotype 3 (GT3). GT3 infection is of major concern as exhibits high levels of resistance to the new direct acting antivirals that are used to treat HCV infection, and also results in a more rapid progression to chronic liver disease compared to other genotypes. This MRC funded project seeks to understand both the mechanism of NS5A antiviral resistance and the role of the protein in the unique pathogenesis of GT3 infection. To achieve this, it will exploit recently developed GT3 culture systems, and perform functional analysis of clinical samples obtained in collaboration with the HCV Research UK Biobank.
You will have a background in molecular virology ideally with experience of working at Biological Safety Level 3. You will join a team of researchers focusing on mechanisms of positive strand RNA virus replication, host-cell interactions and development of novel antivirals. You will be organised and willing to work collaboratively as part of a team.
The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was awarded a Silver award in 2020. We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information.