Vacancy Type/Job category research OnlyDepartmentWarwick Medical School, Microbiology & InfectionSalary£30,942 – £40,322 per annumLocationUniversity of Warwick, CoventryVacancy OverviewFull-Time, Fixed Term Contract for 12 Months This is a short-term position based in the laboratory of Dr

Nicholas Waterfield in the Warwick Medical School

This will be an Innovate UK funded post, working on a project led by our recent University Spin-out company NanoSyrinx Ltd

The post will be 12 months in the first instance, but with the opportunity to join the company depends upon the success of the project and further company investment

You will have either completed a Ph.D., be awaiting a Ph.D. award, or have relevant biotech industry experience commensurate with Ph.D. level training

Experience in one or more of the following techniques is essential; protein expression and purification, mammalian cell/tissue culture, and molecular cloning techniques

You will be required to work as part of a team focused on the development of an exciting novel biologically inspired drug delivery system

This is an opportunity to gain high-level skills of academic and industrial relevance in the field of biomedical translation

You will also gain insight and experience into the commercialization of University research

Enthusiasm for the biotech start-up culture would be an advantage

If you have not yet been awarded your Ph.D. but are near submission or have recently submitted your Ph.D., any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046)

Upon successful award of your Ph.D. and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942 pa)

Job DescriptionJob Purpose To support a Warwick University spin-out funded project to deliver key scientific milestones in the translation of a novel protein drug delivery technology

This position will be one of two similar new appointments

You will work closely with the new appointees and other current members of the Waterfield Group, including the co-founder of the spin-out company (Dr.Healey CEO/PDRA)

Duties and Responsibilities 1

To provide underpinning research support to the project through either molecular cloning, protein expression and purification and/or cell culture bioassays


To be responsible for the accurate recording of experimental data and the preparation of results for presentation to colleagues, investors and for incorporation into intellectual property documents and publication in peer-reviewed journals when appropriate


To attend and present findings at regular research team meetings


To communicate effectively with other members of the laboratory, collaborators, technical support staff, and external companies


To support the smooth running of the laboratory for example through the maintenance of databases, equipment, and stocks and timely ordering of reagents


To ensure compliance with Health and Safety in all aspects of work

Person specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience, and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively

This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation

Essential Criteria 1Completion of a Ph.D. project in a relevant discipline or commensurate biotech industry experience and training

Note the Ph.D. does not need to have been awarded at the time of employment. (a)Essential Criteria 2A good knowledge of molecular (micro)biology, protein purification, and/or cell/tissue culture techniques (a), (c)Essential Criteria 3The ability to accurately and meticulously record procedures and results (both in notebooks and electronically). (c)Essential Criteria 4Presentation skills. (a), (c)Essential Criteria 5Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently and as part of a research team

To both give and receive constructive criticism. (a), (c)Essential Criteria 6Reasonable IT skills. (a), (c)Essential Criteria 7Ability to work to tight deadlines. (a), (c)Essential Criteria 8Work within budget constraints. (a), (c)Desirable Criteria 1Knowledge or experience in immunology. (a), (c)Desirable Criteria 2Knowledge or experience in immunology. (a), (c)Desirable Criteria 3Experience with bacteriophage biology and/or other macromolecular complexes. . (a), (c)Further ParticularsWarwick Medical School For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars

Where you have not yet been awarded your Ph.D., any offer made to you will be an under-appointment to the post of Research Assistant at a salary of £30,046 per annum

Once your Ph.D. has been awarded and you have evidenced this, you will be appointed to the substantive post of Research Fellow at a salary within the range shown above

Right to work in the UK If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining the right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2

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We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010

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