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Professor of Vaccinology

School of Biosciences & Medicine

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  Competitive Salary
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 06 February 2020
Closing Date:  Thursday 05 March 2020
Interview Date:  Friday 20 March 2020
Reference:  009420

The University of Surrey is an international university with an excellent teaching and research profile that is innovative, forward thinking and achieving notable results.  As a result of our new strategic plan and future vision, the School of Biosciences and Medicine in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is recruiting an exceptional person to the following academic position to continue to add to the successes at School, Faculty and University level and to work closely with The Pirbright Institute.

This is a very exciting opportunity underpinned by a substantial philanthropic contribution and a partnership between the University and The Pirbright Institute.  The position will be within the Section of Immunology in the Department of Biochemical Sciences, part of the School of Biosciences and Medicine at the University.

In the most recent UK government Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF2014), the School was ranked eighth out of 93 institutions, with 93% of our research rated as world leading or internationally excellent, as part of a Faculty-wide submission to Unit of Assessment 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy). Our areas of research strength include clinical medicine and ageing, bacteriology, nutritional sciences, oncology, molecular & synthetic biology, immunology and virology.  We have comprehensive clinical research and clinical trials capabilities amongst our four departments of: Biochemical Sciences; Clinical and Experimental Medicine; Microbial Sciences; Nutritional Sciences.  Nutritional Sciences won the 2017/2018 Queen’s Anniversary Prize and the School remains the only Surrey recipient of Athena SWAN Silver.   The Pirbright Institute delivers world-leading research to understand, predict, detect and respond to viral disease outbreaks. We study viruses of livestock that are endemic and exotic to the UK, including zoonotic viruses, by using the most advanced tools and technologies to understand host-pathogen interactions in animals and arthropod vectors. Our major strength in understanding the immune systems of livestock provides a platform to control current diseases and respond to emerging threats.

This position will be a part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Pirbright Livestock Antibody Hub. This hub will exploit the recent advances in our understanding of B-cell responses to better understand the protective immune response in livestock and poultry with a strong translational and one health focus. Ultimately the Hub will support rational vaccinology approaches, antibody-based treatment and prophylaxis as well as increasing the applicability of animals as models for human disease and treatment. This post represents part of our strategic development as a School to further cement existing close working relationships with The Pirbright Institute.

If you are a dynamic, forward-thinking team player with a ‘can do’ attitude and a desire to achieve personally then please get in touch.   You will be expected to evidence an outstanding track record of achievement in scholarship and research and have a clear strategy to attract and secure research funding.  You will also be required to contribute to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

This post attracts a highly competitive salary, relocation package and a generous start-up package including a substantial equipment/staff budget and fully-funded PhD students.  Besides a vibrant and forward-thinking working environment on a leafy campus close to London, we offer leisure facilities and access to a variety of academic and professional development opportunities to help you fulfil your potential.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Head of School, Prof David Blackbourn, by email (via  When completing the online application form, please ensure that you include (i) a cover letter, (ii) your CV; (iii) a supporting three-page statement outlining your past accomplishments and detailing your intended five-year research programme. Deadline for applications is 5th March 2020 with interviews taking place on 20th March 2020 at the University of Surrey.

We acknowledge, understand and embrace diversity and the School of Biosciences and Medicine is proud to be the recipient of the Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN Silver award.

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