Deadline: 2019-01-03

Location: Surrey, UK

External link: https://isw.changeworknow.co.uk/pirbright/vms/e/careers/positions/cnKRWrqwbp0jSv5uu_DEqh

Type: Professor/Group leader

The Pirbright Institute

Located in close proximity to London, The Pirbright Institute delivers world-leading research to understand, predict, detect and respond to viral disease outbreaks and has recently received substantial infrastructure investment to support this role. We study viruses of livestock and humans that are endemic and exotic to the UK using advanced tools and technologies to understand host-pathogen interactions in animals and arthropod vectors. In addition, our major strength in understanding the immune systems of livestock provides a platform to control endemic diseases and respond to emerging threats. These studies are carried out ruminant, avian and arthropod hosts in contained facilities that are in many cases offer unique capabilities within the UK.

 

 

Organisation position and purpose:      

The purpose of the role is to create a dynamic and highly collaborative research group in an area of strategic relevance to the Pirbright Institute. We wish to recruit either an early career stage fellow or experienced group leader to drive the development of a programme of work that aligns with our strategic priorities and complements our unique facilities. We have a specific interest in programmes of work that would include:-

  • Arbovirology with an emphasis on virus-vector interactions
  • Cell biology of virus-host interactions
  • Avian or bovine immunology

Other subject areas will be considered on a case by case basis, but applicants will be required to research their relevance both to the Institute’s aims and existing research areas. We are an internationally renowned centre of expertise in viral pathogens, playing a key global role in supporting policy decision making regarding their detection and control and carrying out high quality research. Hence, we expect applicants for the role to possess a clear direction on the area of fundamental science they wish to address and the technical background to achieve that vision.

Main duties and responsibility  

Responsible for Running a Research Group:

  • Provide leadership and a collaborative focus for a research group centred upon an area of strategic relevance to the Pirbright Institute.
  • Drive the production of excellent science through the recruitment of high quality staff funded by competitive grant applications and management of their roles.
  • Develop and validate cutting edge techniques for scientific exploration of virus: host interactions.
  • Act as a mentor to the next generation of scientists through doctoral and student supervision and community activities.
  • Work with science support services to ensure appropriate levels of biosecurity, health and safety and quality assurance are maintained.

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

Personal specification  

To support this work plan, the successful applicant for this role will have an excellent personal track record in high quality peer-reviewed publications, at Group Leader level, or the vision to accomplish this at Fellow level. Experience in both securing competitive grant funding and in efficiently managing small to large scale projects is also essential for more senior appointments. To make the most of this opportunity the group leader we appoint will need to possess an excellent grounding in areas relevant to the institute and the ambition to advance use of cutting-edge technologies in their field.

Specific requirements 

Essential – Group Leader  

  • Has a compelling, innovative, research proposal which will contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge in a relevant field
  • PhD in a relevant field
  • An excellent track record of productivity including at least five lead or senior author publications in reputable journals and a demonstration of fundamental or applied impact in the field
  • A high quality research reputation, based on citation indices, invited lectures, honorary positions and awards
  • Evidence of writing competitive grant applications and a strategic awareness of primary routes of funding in the UK
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively within a team, with funding bodies and industrial partners
  • Evidence of commitment to developing management skills (including courses undertaken) with a proven track record of successfully recruiting, developing and leading a range of people at different stages of career development
  • A strong collaborative focus in research including evidence of successful working with other organizations

Desirable

  • Experience in high containment working practices
  • Additional veterinary experience
  • Experience of collaborations with partners in countries receiving overseas development aid

Specific requirements 

Essential – Fellow

  •  Has a compelling, innovative, research proposal which will contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge and understanding in a relevant field
  • PhD in a relevant field
  • Evidence of independent vision in carrying out scientific research in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • An excellent track record of productivity including at least two lead author publications in reputable journals
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively within a team
  • Evidence of commitment to developing management skills (including courses undertaken)
  • A strong collaborative focus in research including evidence of successful working with other organizations
  • A track record of tacking on responsibilities at an organization level (e.g. internal and external committees, organizing seminars, hosting seminar speakers)

Desirable

  • Experience in high containment working practices
  • Additional veterinary experience
  • Experience of collaborations with partners in countries receiving overseas development aid

A TWO PAGE RESEARCH CONCEPT NOTE, WHICH SHOULD PRESENT AN AREA OF RESEARCH THAT YOU WOULD DEVELOP IF YOU WERE APPOINTED, SHOULD BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

What we offer 

  • A substantial core consumables budget to assist in establishing your group
  • A range of support services across a range of disciplines including insectaries, bioimaging, sequencing and bioinformatics, immunological resources and proteomics.
  • Assistance in writing competitive grant proposals, where appropriate to career stage.
  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Flexible working
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Enhanced family-friendly policy
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership (£3.50 per month currently)
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Subsidised childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking