Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Molecular Virology

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7086622 (Ref.No. FBSMB1201)
Posted: October 6, 2021

Job Description

Are you an early career researcher looking for your first challenge?  Do you have a background in Molecular Virology.  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

Project Title: Assessing Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus-host cell interactions

We are seeking a highly motivated research assistant to investigate how the human tumour virus, Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), manipulates host cell RNA modification pathways to enhance its own replication. The post will be based in the Whitehouse research group, Leeds. The project will use a range of molecular and genomic-based approaches to highlight a novel KSHV-mediated mechanism to regulate viral gene expression. Moreover, this project aims to identify a novel targets for antiviral intervention for this important human tumour virus.

You should have a PhD (or be close to completion) in Molecular Virology, Cell Biology or a related discipline is required. Excellent communication skills and evidence of a good publication track record are also essential. You will join a highly active research group studying various aspects of human tumour virus biology.

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. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Ade Whitehouse

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7096, Email: 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Due to funding limitations an appointment will not be made above £34,304 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (9 months due to external funding)
Release Date:  Tuesday 05 October 2021
Closing Date:  Tuesday 19 October 2021
Reference:  FBSMB1201

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