Research Fellow

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£35,328 - £42,701
February 05 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Division of Infection and Immunity


Research Fellow x 2

Full Time

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,328 - £42,701 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

We have two Wellcome Trust funded post-doctoral positions in the evolution and modelling of human cytomegalovirus and norovirus infections.

We seek to appoint two computational post docs from April 2019 to work with Professors Judy Breuer and Richard Goldstein. Both post docs will be employed on Wellcome Trust Collaborative awards; the first (2.5 years in the first instance) on Professor Breuer's award "Why do Norovirus pandemics occur and how can we control them?". The second (3 years in the first instance) on a WT collaborative award lead by Professor Paul Griffiths "Exploiting a human challenge model to understand the pathogenesis of Cytomegalovirus". Both posts will analyse large scale genomic data generated by the core UCL pathogen genomics unit for the two projects.

The norovirus project will integrate time-ordered serological and viral genomic data to derive models of norovirus pandemic spread. This work will be based on new hypotheses about the origins of norovirus pandemics. The HCMV project will model viral evolution in relation to host genetics and immunology, building on recent work by our labs.

The Breuer lab studies the molecular epidemiology of viral infections and the relationship between viral variation, spread and pathogenesis of disease. Professor Breuer directs the Pathogen Genomics Unit at UCL, which has pioneered the use of advanced sequencing technology to obtain whole virus genome sequences directly from clinical samples.

Research in the Goldstein lab focusses on computational modelling of virus evolution, including the development of new techniques for analysing intra-host population dynamics and inter-host transmission patterns.

The posts are funded for 2.5 years and 3 years in the first instance.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD or about to be awarded one or equivalent in evolutionary biology, population genetics, statistical genetics or an associated area. Experience in programming computers (e.g. python, java, C++, R) is essential and experience modelling evolutionary and/or population genetics of viruses is desirable.

The successful applicant will have a proven track record of publishing papers in high impact peer reviewed journals.

Note: Appointment at grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B £30,922 - £32,607 per annum, with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1790877

Enquiries about the posts to Professor Breuer, and Professor Goldstein, .

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Isabel Lubeiro,

Closing Date: 7th March 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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