Research Assistant (Virology)

Salary: £19,255 - £20,400 per annum

Up to 18 Months (to 31 March 2021), Full-Time

35 hours per week

A Research Assistant position is available until March 2021, to work within our influenza group.  The Animal Health Trust is an OIE Reference Laboratory for equine influenza and this post offers you the opportunity to participate in an internationally important programme which includes surveillance for equine influenza and participation in the selection of suitable vaccine strains.  You will work closely with experienced members of staff and will be responsible for isolation of viruses and their genetic and antigenic characterisation.  You will also help run the surveillance scheme and communicate directly with veterinary practices within the UK.

This role will provide experience of a wide variety of virology, cell and molecular biology techniques, including cell culture, haemagglutination-inhibition assays, RT-PCR and sequencing of influenza viruses.  You will be expected to present your data to colleagues and the wider scientific community and participate in writing scientific papers.

A degree in virology, microbiology, cell biology or a related biological discipline is essential.  The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated with an aptitude for research, good practical skills and a keen eye for detail.  Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential.

Experience of working with viruses, cell culture or molecular biology would be advantageous but training will be provided. We are interested to hear from ambitious and bright individuals with less experience and/or qualifications, but have had exposure to some of the technical/laboratory skills required. The starting salary would be adjusted to reflect this.

We offer our staff an employer contribution pension scheme, health care plan, death in service, free parking, staff discounts and 25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays

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Informal enquiries are welcome; please contact Dr. Debra Elton via email at

To apply for this post, please forward your CV and covering letter, stating why you are interested in this role, to


Closing date: Monday 23rd September 2019

Interviews to be held: w/c 7th October 2019