Research Assistant

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


School of Medicine



Research Assistant
Division of Infection and Immunity
School of Medicine
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

A Wellcome-funded Research Assistant position is available in the group of Professor Andrew Sewell (Division of Infection & Immunity and Systems Immunity Research Institute, The School of Medicine) under the supervision of Dr Garry Dolton. Research conducted by the team examines the role of T-cells in health and disease. Current activities within the laboratory cover many aspects of T-cell biology, including autoimmunity, cancer immunotherapy, transplant rejection and host-protection against pathogens.
The successful applicant will join a vibrant and well-funded research environment. The role will entail working alongside all members of the group, which includes established investigators, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, visiting scholars and undergraduate students. The short duration of this project means the successful applicant will need to have experience of laboratory techniques and approaches covered by tissue culture, molecular biology (including CRISPR/Cas9 technology), and analyses of antigen receptors.
Further details about the group can be found at
This is a full time, fixed term position of 35 hours per week and available from 3 August 2020 until 31st March 2021.
Salary: £27,511 - £31,866 per annum (Grade 5).

Date advert posted: Friday, 17 April 2020

Closing date: Friday, 29 May 2020

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main function

To contribute to research within the field of T-cell immunology, carrying out supporting work that helps lead to the publishing of research in high-impact journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• To undertake research, e.g. by planning, preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcome of experiments
• Actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting research at meetings, through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate, ensuring information is communicated to internal and external partners
• To contribute and support research publications and presentations as required
• To contribute and support research funding bids as required
• To contribute and support stock keeping, ordering and budgeting for laboratory consumables and reagents
• To analyse and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate methods and packages
• To resolve issues and support colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
• To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas as appropriate
• To provide support in research activities for undergraduate courses and research programmes and provide guidance to other members of staff within the research team
• To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.


• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
• To ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties
• To abide by the University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity
• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. A degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. Knowledge and experience of research methods and techniques within T-cell immunology, to include lentiviral expression of immune molecules.

3. Proven ability to independently plan, prepare, execute and record the outcome of experiments.

4. Proven ability to analyse complex information and summarise appropriately.

5. Ability to demonstrate the capability and drive to succeed in securing research funding.

Communication and Team Working

6. Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences.

7. Excellent organisational and team-working skills.


8. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.

9. Proven ability to multi-task and to work flexibly as a role or situation requires.

10. Proven ability to express, purify, and analyse proteins using an e-coli expression system.

Desirable Criteria

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience.

2. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

It is the School of Medicine's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 9721BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

Job Category

Academic - Research, Medical & Dental

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