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CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

CURRENT VACANCIES

Communications Officer

Closing Date: 18 June 2024 12:00 | Grade 6: £32,332 - £38,205 with a discretionary range to £41,732 p.a.

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly-motivated, creative and collaborative Communications Officer to join the communications team at the Pandemic Sciences Institute at the Nuffield Department of Medicine. This is a new and varied role, and you will be an integral member of PSI’s communications team.

You will spend around 50% of your time managing and delivering communications activity for a new and high-profile partnership between PSI, Mastercard Foundation and the Science for Africa Foundation. This partnership, funded at around $45 million, will establish networks of scientific excellence in epidemic and pandemic research, preparedness and response across Africa. The remaining 50% of your time will be devoted to broader Institute-wide communications activities.

You will be responsible for writing and editing a range of compelling, professional communications materials, including website content, social media and blog posts, press releases, newsletters, and reports for a range of audiences. This will include working with partners to align messaging and content as required. You will manage and deliver production of engaging visual content, and you will act as a brand ambassador. In addition, you will provide advice and coaching to researchers and collaborators on communications strategy, tactics and message development.

It is essential that you are educated to a degree level in any subject, and you have significant communications experience across one or more communications disciplines (strategic communications, media, digital and social media, external affairs or marketing).

You will have proven experience of using digital media in communications, including delivery of effective online content, managing websites, deploying social media within an organisational context, and evaluating the impact of these communication methods. A professional qualification, training or accreditation in communications, digital communications or marketing is highly desirable.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract until 30 June 2027 and is funded by the Mastercard Foundation and Moh Family Foundation.

Only applications received before 12 midday on 18 June 2024 will be considered. Please quote 172544 on all correspondence.

Viral Vaccine Development Scientist

Closing Date: 24 June 2024 12:00 1 | Grade 7: Salary in range £36,024 - £41,732 per annum


We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Viral Vaccine Development Scientist to join our research programme led by Professor Sarah Gilbert in the Pandemic Sciences Institute at the Nuffield Department of Medicine. The project will assess novel approaches to the design of viral vectored vaccines, including feasibility testing.

As the Viral Vaccine Development Scientist, you will report to and work alongside a senior post-doctoral scientist with experience in this area of research and an innovative approach to viral vector design will be essential in this project. You will be tasked with providing guidance to less experienced members of the research group including research assistants, technicians, and PhD and project students. You will be responsible for managing your own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines. You will also be acting as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and experimental techniques.

To be successful in this role, you will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or close to completion), together with relevant experience. You will have extensive molecular biology experience including plasmid design, cloning, PCR, RT-PCR, RT-qPCR, FACS and western blot along with aseptic cell culture and virology experience, especially in Adenovirus biology. You will also have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract for 3 years and is funded by the EPSRC.

Only applications received before 12 midday on 24 June 2024 will be considered. Please quote 173221 on all correspondence.

Quality Control Assay Development Specialist

Closing Date: 26 June 2024 12:00 1 | Grade 7: Salary in range £36,024 - £41,732 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a Quality Control Assay Development Specialist to join our team at the Clinical BioManufacturing Facility (CBF) in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, to assist us in our mission to improve global health.

The Clinical BioManufacturing Facility (CBF) is the University of Oxford’s GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) manufacturing facility, where basic research can be translated into Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) for use in clinical trials. The CBF produces high-quality Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) according to the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) to support early-phase clinical trials in the UK and worldwide. We manufactured the first doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 for the UK trials and vaccines for Malaria, TB, Zika, Rabies, Plague, Ebola and other diseases that have a global impact.

You will have a hands-on role in the development and adoption of analytical techniques for new IMP projects coming into the CBF, and for modernising our existing QC testing portfolio. You will be working with external clients and the CBF’s Pre-GMP and QC teams to transfer analytical assays to the CBF and with the development and use of new assays at the technology transfer stage, ensuring compliance with appropriate regulations such as the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.). You will liaise with and guide potential clients at early stages of manufacturing process development to ensure product assays are suitable for eventual GMP compliant use. In addition, you will write appropriate Reports, Risk Assessments and Standard Operating Procedures to enable the implementation of improved and new analytical assays.

It is essential that you hold a degree in a relevant biological/biomedical subject. You will be technically adept and experienced at laboratory techniques and assays including standard molecular biology techniques, and you will have experience in assay development. Additionally, you will be able to analyse and present scientific data, liaise with other scientists, write up and present research proposals and results, and represent the QC group at meetings, internally and with external clients. Experience of working in a GMP environment would be highly desirable.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract for 3 years and is funded by the Department.

Only applications received before 12 midday on 26 June 2024 will be considered. Please quote 172046 on all correspondence.

Lead Qualified Person

Closing Date: 10 July 2024 12:00 1 |  Salary competitive

Your responsibilities will be as defined in the Code of Practice for Qualified Persons and you will be a named as a QP on the MHRA licence MIA (IMP) 21584 held by the CBF. This is an opportunity for an outstanding QP to join our diverse team, supporting the manufacture of innovative medicines in development at the University of Oxford with the potential to have world-changing impact.

You will be responsible for certifying Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) and Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) for use, ensuring compliance of operations with current and developing regulatory requirements. You will be responsible for completing QP declarations for imported products from India, USA and other countries and for supporting the management of the portfolio of QP activities above, including certifying partial batch manufacture, clinical trial labelling activities and final certification to trial. You will support all CBF activities and provide expert advice on research and manufacturing programmes for Principal Investigators across the University and externally. This role is central and pivotal to the operation and the quality standards of the CBF and is both unusual and highly varied because of the nature and scope of the translational products being manufactured at the CBF.

To be successful in this role, you will hold a degree in chemistry, biology or pharmacy and be a member or higher position of Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal Society of Biology or the Royal Society of Chemistry. You will be named on the ‘Register of Eligible QPs’ of your professional body and be eligible to be a Qualified Person who can be named on the CBF’s MIA (IMP). You will be competent and experienced in managing all aspects of Quality Assurance within a GMP regulated environment, together with having sound knowledge of EU GMP guidelines (EudraLex Volume 4) and evidenced ability to interpret these for early-phase IMPs and ATMPs. You will have managerial or supervisory experience with proven leadership skills, with excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with and influence senior members of academic staff.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract for 5 years. Please quote 170369 on all correspondence.