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University of Warwick offers excellent package of £37,768 p.a. for Research Assistant post

The establishment of the University of Warwick was given approval by the government in 1961 and received its Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1965.The idea for a university in Coventry was mooted shortly after the conclusion of the Second World War but it was a bold and imaginative partnership of the City and the County which brought the University into being on a 400-acre site jointly granted by the two authorities. From its beginnings, the University has sought to be excellent in both teaching and research. It has now secured its place as one of the UK’s leading research universities.Warwick has always taken the view that good research informs and strengthens the quality of education that it is able to offer its students. The original conception for the academic structure of the University was not to impose overall academic prescription but to make early appointments to the first professorships, selecting candidates with fresh and constructive ideas on how studies in their areas should be organised and developed.Warwick was a pioneer in seeking industrial-academic links, a key component of its strategy today just as it was in the original vision of the first Vice-Chancellor, Mr J B Butterworth (Lord Butterworth) and the Chairman of the Promotion Committee for the University, Lord Rootes.

Position Title: Research Fellow

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Location: University of Warwick, Coventry.
Salary: £28,982 – £37,768 p.a.
Vacancy Overview:

Funding at level 6 (range £28,982 – £37,768) is available for a maximum of 24 months; this might have to be shortened up to a maximum of 23 months depending on the starting salary of the successful candidate.

The vacancy seeks enthusiastic and creative candidates to apply for a postdoctoral position to join our dynamic research environment at the University of Warwick, UK. The laboratory of Professor Alfonso Jaramillo is developing novel experimental methodologies to engineer and evolve synthetic phages.

The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team using a combination of directed evolution, automation, virus engineering, microfluidics, and synthetic biology. The responsibilities will require developing and validating phage engineering and evolution methods. He/ she will set experimental timelines, design and conduct experiments, develop and validate relevant assays, analyse data, present results, write final protocols and scientific manuscripts. The candidate will be required to keep detailed records and store the data in accordance to the university guidelines.

Job Description:


Undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of the project.



• Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint research.

• Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.

• To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the result of research to other reputable outlets.

• Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.

• May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.

• May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups.

• May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other bodies.

• Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

• Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.


• Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the department.

• Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.

• May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of projects.


• May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.

• Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.

• Work within budget constraints.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The candidate will be required to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification:
Essential Criteria:
  • Good honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent in molecular biology / biochemistry, biotechnology or other relevant discipline.
  • Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in genetically-modified bacteriophages.
  • Experience in laboratory techniques including advanced molecular cloning (Gibson required), bacterial expression and assay development/validation and good understanding of genetics
  • Ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research and to publish in peer reviewed journals (evidenced by first-author publications in high quality internationally recognized journals)
  • Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in Synthetic biology and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.
  • Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills. Proficiency in English at all levels is essential.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team.
  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical, organisation, protocol development and troubleshooting skills
  • Proficiency with bioinformatics tools for structural biology

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience with virology, microbiology, immunology or in vivo directed evolution in bioreactors
  • Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects

How to apply:

Apply Online

Closing date for receipt of online applications: 9th June, 2016