Research Technician

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 May 2021

Division of Infection and Immunity

A position exists for a Research Technician in the laboratory of Professor Emma Morris in UCL's Division of Infection and Immunity with some time spent in the laboratory of Dr Laura MacCoy. The Division of Infection and Immunity is the focus for research and teaching in infection, immunity and inflammation. The post will be based in the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation in the Royal Free Hospital. Work within the Institute aims to translate advances in the understanding of the immune system into improved diagnosis and therapy. By embedding high quality basic research programmes within a hospital environment, the Institute provides an excellent interface between science and medicine. 

The Morris lab is internationally recognised for their work on adoptive cellular therapy, T cell biology, primary immunodeficiency and the role of allogenic stem cell transplantation and gene therapy for inherited disorders of the immune system. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally affected patients with other medical conditions and outcomes following COVID-19 are particularly poor in patients with haematological malignancies. Vaccination is essential to reduce disease burden and mortality in at-risk patient groups but it is not yet known whether patients with defective immune systems will be able to mount a protective immune response. In particular, patients with B-cell malignancies have a degree of secondary antibody deficiency due to the B-cell depleting agents used to treat their disease. As a result it is hypothesised that they may have defective humoural immune responses to vaccination but may still be able to mount a protective T-cell response. 

The Morris lab has just opened a clinical study to explore vaccine responses in this group of patients. The post-holder will be working directly on this trial, overseeing sample collection and performing T cell and B cell assays to assess the immune response in this group of patients. 

The post is funded for 1 year in the first instance. 

Applicants should have a degree in a biomedical-related subject, with multi-parameter flow cytometry and excellent communication and record keeping skills.      

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above. 

If you would like to discuss the post, please contact Professor Emma Morris at e.morris@ucl.ac.uk . 

If you have any queries regarding the the application process, please contact Isabel Lubeiro at i.lubeiro@ucl.ac.uk . 

The UCL Ways of Working for professional services supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL through sharing expectations around how we work – please see www.ucl.ac.uk/ways-of-working to find out more.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59. 

Interview Date: TBC 

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level. 

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.


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