The University of Oxford are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Gene Therapy, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, to work with the Gene Medicine Research Group, directed by Professors Deborah Gill and Steve Hyde.
You will form part of a multi-disciplinary team using lentiviral vectors to treat lung diseases and will be keen to participate in translational research. You will have responsibility for developing lentiviral gene delivery to treat surfactant deficiencies of the lung, specifically Surfactant Protein B (SP-B) deficiency which is a rare interstitial lung disease causing respiratory distress at birth. The project will involve the design, production and testing of lentiviral vectors along with the development of a suitable animal model for delivery to human newborns.
You will hold, or be near completion of a PhD/DPhil in gene therapy, or a closely related field. Relevant laboratory experience in gene delivery, vector production and molecular cloning is essential, along with excellent communication and inter-personal skills needed for integration into the team. Specialist knowledge in lung physiology or pathology would be desirable. A Home Office Licence with experience in gene delivery in vivo would be an advantage.
The position is full-time, fixed-term for 48 months and funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. For further details, including a job description and person specification, please follow the available link. You will be required to complete the application form, upload a CV and a supporting statement.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 1 June 2018.’