Current vacancies

There are two current vacancies:
PhD position in vaccine research and Postdoctral Research Fellow, Vaccine Research Programme.

 

     

PhD Position In Vaccine Research

We are seeking a talented, motivated and enthusiastic candidate to fill a fully-funded PhD position in the Vaccine Research Group at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Wellington, New Zealand. The successful candidate will work on vaccines that incorporate innate-like T cell ligands as adjuvants (1-3).

This laboratory-based PhD project aims to understand the mechanisms and clinical utility of vaccines that incorporate innate-like T cell-activating adjuvants.  It will involve developing and undertaking human in vitro and murine in vivo assays, and applying these to models of cancer and to relevant patient samples. The applicant will be trained in techniques including flow cytometry, cell culture, ELISpot and mouse handling, and is expected to contribute to peer-reviewed publications. 

Applicants must have a strong academic background with a relevant biology degree that includes immunology, and must be fluent in English. Experience in relevant laboratory techniques including flow cytometry, cell culture or in vivo studies is an advantage but is not essential. The PhD position is for three years, and is available from 10 August 2015.

Applications, including a cover letter stating relevant experience and reasons for applying for the position, current curriculum vitae, academic transcript, the names of three referees and a completed application form should be emailed to vacancies@malaghan.org.nz by 5pm on Tuesday 7th July 2015.

The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is an independent research institute affiliated with Victoria University of Wellington and the Wellington Blood & Cancer Centre.  The Malaghan Institute Trust Board operates under a Trust Deed and Board of Trustees with the objectives of research into cancer, asthma and allergy.  The Institute is housed on Victoria University of Wellington’s Kelburn Campus and Professor Graham Le Gros is the Director of Research.

1. Nat Chem Biol 2014; 10: 943

2. Blood 2014; 124: 2953

3. Chem Sci 2015; accepted

POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION: Postgraduate Student

REPORTS TO: Clinical Research Team Leader (Vaccine Research Programme)

DUTIES:

1. To design, execute and perform cutting edge research within the framework of the project proposal and in keeping with the proposed PhD timeline.

2. To design and prepare research proposals to funding bodies and potential sponsors at the discretion of the Team Leader (e.g. travel awards, PhD scholarship funding, securing postdoctoral funding.

3. To supervise the training and research activities of junior staff as necessary (e.g. summer students, honours students).

4. To comply with safety regulations and regulatory bodies (e.g. Ethics, EPA, MPI) and be accountable for maintaining a safe and clean working environment.

5. To maintain accurate records and report orally and in writing on the progress of the research as requested.

6. To prepare and submit for publication, at the discretion of the Team Leader, manuscripts to refereed journals.

7. To contribute to the interests and initiatives of the Malaghan Institute as requested by the Team Leader (e.g. journal club, lab meeting discussions, seminars, group tours, public speaking,PhD meetings, help to colleagues).

8. Any other duties as specified by the Team Leader or his/her nominated deputy.

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vaccine Research Programme

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research scientist to join the Vaccine Research Group at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Wellington, New Zealand. The successful candidate will work on vaccines that incorporate innate-like T cell ligands as adjuvants (1-3).

This is a laboratory-based position, and will involve developing and undertaking both human in vitro and murine in vivo assays to investigate the effects and mechanisms of conjugate vaccines that activate innate-like T cells.  The applicant will be expected to contribute intellectually to the programme and to contribute to peer-reviewed publications. 

Applicants must have a PhD or MD in immunology, with experience in laboratory immunology techniques, including flow cytometry and cell culture.  They must have excellent communication skills and a relevant publication record. The position is for three years, and is available from 10 August 2015.

For further information please visit www.malaghan.org.nz for a full job description.

Applications, including a cover letter stating research experience and reasons for applying for the position, current curriculum vitae, the names of three referees and a completed application form should be emailed to vacancies@malaghan.org.nz by 5pm on Friday 10th July 2015.

The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is an independent research institute affiliated with Victoria University of Wellington and the Wellington Blood & Cancer Centre.  The Malaghan Institute Trust Board operates under a Trust Deed and Board of Trustees with the objectives of research into cancer, asthma and allergy.  The Institute is housed on Victoria University of Wellington’s Kelburn Campus and Professor Graham Le Gros is the Director of Research.

1. Nat Chem Biol 2014; 10: 943

2. Blood 2014; 124: 2953

3. Chem Sci 2015; accepted

POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vaccine Research Programme

REPORTS TO:    Clinical Research Team Leader (Vaccine Research Programme)

DUTIES:
To undertake research and associated activities in a responsible and productive manner within the framework of the Project Grant and the Malaghan Institute as determined by the Project
Leader

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To design, execute and perform cutting edge research within the framework of the project grant.
2. To design and prepare research proposals to funding bodies and potential sponsors at the discretion of the Project Leader.
3. To supervise the training and research activities of junior staff as necessary.
4. To comply with safety regulations and be accountable for maintaining a safe and clean working environment.
5. To maintain accurate records and report orally and in writing on the progress of the research as requested.
6. To prepare and submit for publication, at the discretion of the Project Leader, manuscripts to refereed journals.
7. To contribute to the interests and initiatives of the Malaghan Institute as requested by the Project Leader.
8. Any other duties as specified by the Project Leader or his/her nominated deputy

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