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Post-doctoral Researcher in Vaccinology

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Research, Science and Biotechnology
JOB PURPOSE:The aim of this post will be to develop novel vaccine design and development platforms for use against human and animal disease indications. The post holder will design and construct novel vaccines and evaluate these in appropriate model systems in the UK and Kenya. The project will also involve comparative studies on variations in immune responses, both type of cells and responses, between livestock in the UK and in East Africa countries. This will be achieved by identifying new reagents to characterise immune function in a range of different breeds of animals. Specifically, immune cell subsets. These studies will support more ambitious future plans to develop correlates of protection induced by existing and novel vaccines in livestock.

Principal Investigator


The Post holder will be based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, with frequent travel to collaborating institutes in the UK (Pirbright Institute and Jenner Institute)


  • Design, formulate and evaluate vaccines
  • Perform immunological assessments from vaccine studies
  • Work with partner organizations and collaborators (including the Pirbright Institute and Jenner Institute) to transfer technology and data when required.
  • Mentor and supervise junior academic staff and technical staff as appropriate
  • Presenting data and plans at meetings
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time


  • A PhD in a biological subject relating to laboratory bioscience.
  • A BSc with 2:1 or above in biological subject.
  • Experience in veterinary immunology
  • Experience in molecular biology (e.g. cloning)
  • Documented interest and track record in vaccine research


  • Familiarity with next generation sequencing methods (e.g. Illumina) sample processing and sequence data analysis


  • Analytical skills, ability to think of new ideas/ outside the box and a well-developed capacity for follow through
  • Attentive to detail with the ability to take and follow instructions and to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in team and in a multi-cultural environment
  • Aptitude for supervising junior staff and supporting capacity building initiatives


  • Based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya, with frequent travel to The Pirbright Institute and Jenner Institute in the UK.
  • Be available to work out of hours if necessary.
  • Exposure to materials considered infectious and/or biohazards.

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All applicants are required to state their current/last salary.
Candidates must supply an email and telephone contact that will be used when offering interviews. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates shall be required to produce ORIGINALS of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates, original transcripts and testimonials, detailed curriculum vitae and valid clearance certificate (certificate of good conduct) during the interviews.
The application closing date is 2 November 2017.
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is an equal opportunity employer. Direct or indirect canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. KWTRP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

*Please note that this position is open to East African Nationals only