Immunology and Infection

Vacancy - Reader in Immunology

We are recruiting an experienced immunologist to join our research and teaching community as a Reader. You will drive cutting-edge research in immunology and will bring experience and commitment to a positive research and teaching community.

UE09 £54,949 - £61,823 per annum

Institute of Immunology and Infection Research, School of Biological Sciences

Full-time (35 hours per week)

Open-ended contract

The Opportunity

You will have the breadth of vision, ability, energy and reputation to give strong academic leadership in the field of immunology. 

You will have an established track record of significant research funding and publications, and the ability to attract excellent colleagues and students to the Institute and School.

You will join a unique research environment featuring strong cross-disciplinary links between immunologists and infection biologists, evolutionary biologists, systems biologists and medical and veterinary researchers. 

You will have the opportunity to contribute to our vision for the further development of immunology and interdisciplinary approaches at the interface of infection, immunity and evolution.  

You will also pursue excellence in teaching and student-centred learning for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

What you can expect

The Institute community of researchers is highly interactive and cooperative. We strongly support the career development of our early career researchers and have an established track record of progressing externally funded junior researchers on fellowships to senior academic positions within the University. 

There is an excellent gender balance among our group leaders, and a supportive, family friendly, working environment. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more.

As well as regular research seminars from invited external scientists, we have a very popular and well attended weekly series of ECR presentations, highlighting in an informal format the progress of our PhD students and postdocs. This encourages the interactive research links between researchers in different areas of immunology and infection and matches the collaborative ethos of Institute, where linking between disciplines is encouraged. 

This is also reflected in our current innovations in the undergraduate taught programmes operating within the Institute where we are currently building an integrated and research -led programme where immunology and infection biology are coordinated to convey the excitement of our research excellence to the next generation.  

Our research is underpinned by access to excellent research facilities within the Institute and more broadly in the School of Biological sciences and wider University, including local access to flow cytometry, genomics, mass spectrometry and imaging. 

Containment facilities for pathogens to derogated level 3 are also available, along with a well-supported biological services unit within the laboratory complex, and superb facilities for mammalian, avian and zebrafish research accessible at the University. The Ashworth laboratories also houses excellent insectary facilities.

Skills and attributes for success

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a research team and secure significant research funding as an independent principal investigator.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish and disseminate high quality research as well as effective written and oral communication skills in a range of contexts (e.g. teaching, research presentations, publications and public events)
  • Ability to present and implement a clear and achievable personal research and teaching plan, with clear evidence of the vision and skills to make an outstanding and sustained long-term contribution.
  • Committed to contributing to a collaborative and positive research culture, with the ability to inspire and support others to achieve
  • Committed to achieving excellence through the highest standards of professional integrity


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