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Closing dates September

Phd Studentship - The natural history of RSV infection as revealed by viral strain variation
Imperial College London
Closing date: 4 September 2015

Applications are invited from candidates with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences or a related discipline, for a 3 year PhD studentship to investigate “The natural history of RSV infection as revealed by viral strain variation”. The project will be supported by the NIHR HPRU in Respiratory Infections at Imperial College London. Our mission is to support Public Health England (PHE) by creating a centre-of-excellence to design, conduct and share internationally leading multi-disciplinary research aimed at protecting and improving the public’s health. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a virus infecting the lungs and airways. In young children and older adults, it frequently leads to severe illness (such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia) and is second only to influenza in this respect. The project will use a comprehensive biobank of human clinical samples from volunteers experimentally infected with RSV, naturally infected patients and national chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) studies to evaluate viral evolution. The project will aim to define the role of viral sequence evolution in determining location of viral infection (upper vs lower airways), infection time course, immune response and viral persistence as seen in COPD sufferers. The outcome of this research will inform public health services and policy the UK.

Stipend provided. Click here for more information.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microbiology
University of York - Centre for Immunology and Infection / Department of Biology

Closing date: 7 September 2015

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to investigate how Contact Dependent Inhibition (CDI) impacts the development of mixed bacterial communities. You will be join Dr. Marjan van der Woude’s group as part of an international and interdisciplinary team for this project that provides expertise in the biochemistry and genetics of CDI, and in biological modeling. You will lead on the analysis of the impact of CDI using primarily a quantitative imaging approach. You will have experience in molecular and genetic approaches, and some imaging experience and have excellent communication skills. Experience with advanced imaging approaches and strong numerical skills will be a benefit. The research will be conducted in the CII, which provides state of the art facilities for pathogen related research, and will make extensive use of the resources on offer in the Biosciences Technology Facility.

£30,434 to £32,277. Click here for more information.

four NIHR/UCL funded PhD studentships~
UCL - Infection and Population Health

Closing date: 7 September 2015

The NIHR HPRU in Blood-borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections offers a unique environment to those wishing to undertake interdisciplinary study and gain exposure to research within an organisation pursuing a highly acclaimed international research agenda. This HPRU is led by UCL in collaboration with Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It aims to improve the health of the population and develop practical policy guidelines for those working in health protection in this field. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to benefit from expertise across the other NIHR funded HPRUs. The PhD proposals offered fall with the remit of the key research themes of the HPRU (detailed below), are multi-disciplinary and are co-supervised across the partner institutions (with at least one supervisor from UCL).

Stipend provided. Click here for more information.

Clinical Research Fellow
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine

Closing date: 14 September 2015

Imperial College London has been awarded a grant by the EPSRC to develop a new and novel two year programme to bridge the gaps between the disciplines of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences and Medicine in the very high profile area of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) research. The Engineering, Physical, Natural Sciences and Medicine, Bridging Research in Antimicrobial Resistance: Collaboration and Exchange (EMBRACE) project provides a truly unique opportunity for those with an interest in antimicrobial resistance research to develop and deliver a number of activities such as seminars and sandpits, while taking advantage of the plentiful opportunities for hands-on experience and research in a rigorously academic environment.

The College is seeking to recruit three fellows, one in the Faculty of Medicine, one in the Faculty of Engineering and one in the Faculty of Life Sciences, of which this is one (Medicine). All fellows will be supported by a dedicated EMBRACE Project Manager and a Faculty Lead in addition to benefiting from the overall guidance of Professor Chris Toumazou the Project Lead. Fellows will further benefit from being embedded in the academic life of their host faculty but will be expected to work across the College (including across sites) and to work together as a cohort providing support and learning experiences.

You must have excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to build relationships across organisations and disciplines, outstanding communication skills including excellent written and spoken English and strong team-working skills. You must be able to demonstrate a degree of personal resilience and flexibility as well as a creative approach to problem-solving. Experience at specialist registrar grade (or higher) or equivalent allied health professional experience is essential.

£31,383 - £41,564. Click here for more information.

PhD Studentship: Sensing Bacterial Infection: 25-hydrocholesterol as a biomarker
Swansea University
Closing date: 18 September 2015

Early and rapid detection of infection is a major goal of Clinical Microbiology. In particular, an ability to differentiate between Sepsis and other non infectious causes of systemic inflammation, such as Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), is particularly pertinent as it will determine antibiotic administration.

Recently, we and others have identified 25-hydroxycholesterol as an important inflammatory mediator regulating the production of pro-inflammatory IL-1 driven responses. To date these studies have linked inflammation with the antiviral interferon response. In this context less is known about 25-hydroxycholesterol and bacterial infection.

This project will investigate whether major bacterial pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli generate unique metabolic signatures of 25-hydroxycholesterol and its degradation products. We will use the whole genome data of over 5000 bacterial isolates organised in our online databases to select the major disease causing clones for host / pathogen whole blood modelling prior to Mass Spectrometry analysis of isolated sera.

Stipend available. Click here for more information.

Clinical Lecturer/ /Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor in Infectious Diseases
Imperial College London - Division of Infectious Diseases

Closing date: 20 September 2015

Imperial College is launching a programme in 2015 to build on its major strengths in Infectious Diseases with a further strategic investment. We are seeking high-flying investigators (clinical or non-clinical) to establish their own research group. These academic appointments – at the level of career development fellowship, intermediate fellowship or senior fellowship – will extend and complement our existing research, and provide opportunities to collaborate with both Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust. Existing research in Infectious Diseases in the Faculty of Medicine includes study of the Immunology and Pathogenesis of Infection, Microbiology and virology, translational medicine, healthcare-associated infections, and infectious disease dynamics. There are major research programmes in human immunology and retrovirology, oncogenic human viruses, molecular microbiology, tuberculosis, and vaccine development, the College houses the recently established MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection and the National Centre for Infection Prevention and Management.

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