Three years fixed term.
The immune-system needs to be sensitive enough to efficiently detect and clear invading pathogens whilst having the specificity to ensure that an individual's healthy cells are not targeted. Getting this delicate balance wrong can lead to major health problems and even death, either through a drop in sensitivity leading to infectious disease or a drop in specificity leading to autoimmunity. The Genomics of Inflammation and Immunity group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, aims to understand how genetic and genomic variation influences this immune rheostat.
An exciting post-doctoral role is available within this multi-disciplinary team to work on a large-scale systems vaccinology study of rotavirus vaccine response. Rotavirus is the major cause of acute gastroenteritis in children under the age of five. In developed countries rotavirus vaccines are highly effective and have greatly reduced morbidity. However, in developing countries vaccine efficacy is significantly lower, despite minimal geographical variation in the circulating strains. In collaboration with scientists at the OUCRU Vietnam, we are recruiting 1000 Vietnamese infants into a longitudinal study to identify the molecular signatures of rotavirus vaccine response and the genetic variants that regulate these. The successful applicant will play a leading role in the project, combining genetic data with multi-omics data (transcriptomics, metagenomics and proteomics) collected both before and longitudinally after vaccination to understand the biological basis of vaccine response (antibody titre and vaccine failure). Successful candidates will also be expected to drive forward the project, working closely with the collaborative team to accomplish the scientific objectives.
The Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease.
Our Benefits include: Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, Group Income Protection, Healthcare scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Workplace Nursery and 25 days Annual Leave, increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 30, plus Bank Holidays. We also have a gym, two cafes, dining facilities, and a free campus bus service. Our thriving Sports and Social Club provides many opportunities to meet with people working across the campus.
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.