LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE & TROPICAL
MEDICINE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
FACULTY OF INFECTIOUS AND TROPICAL DISEASES:
DEPARTMENT OF IMMUNOLOGY AND INFECTION
SENIOR APPOINTMENT IN IMMUNOLOGY
The Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases wishes to recruit a leading
researcher to a senior level (non-clinical) appointment in Immunology. The post is
available at Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) level but established researchers
would be considered for appointment at the level of Reader and are encouraged to
apply.
Part of the University of London, the LSHTM is the largest institution of its kind in
Europe with a remarkable depth and breadth of expertise encompassing many
disciplines. The School was ranked one of the top 3 research institutions in the
country in the Times Higher Education’s 'table of excellence', which is based on the
2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), ahead of the London School of
Economics, Oxford, Imperial and University College, London. The School was
awarded the 2009 annual Gates Award for Global Health, both the first academic
institution to win the award and the first British winner.
The Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases hosts all laboratory based research
in the School as well as that on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of infectious
and tropical diseases.
Candidates should have a distinguished record of research in infectious disease
immunology. Research interests should focus on immunology, immunopathology or
immunotherapy of infections of global importance to human health, including work in
model systems.
The post is funded by the School on a without duration contract and is available from
1st August 2013. The starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and
experience.
Further information may be obtained from the Head of the Department of
Immunology and Infection, Professor Eleanor Riley – Telephone +44 20 7927 2300
[email protected]
Applications should be made on-line via our website http://jobs.lshtm.ac.uk.
The reference for this post is SAIMM13. Any queries regarding the application
process may be addressed to [email protected] quoting the reference number
SAIMM13 Closing date for applications is 10pm on the 19th March 2013.
“The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal
opportunities employer.”
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SENIOR APPOINTMENT IN IMMUNOLOGY
FURTHER PARTICULARS
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GENERAL INFORMATION
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has an internationally excellent
reputation in public health and tropical medicine, is a leading postgraduate medical
Institution in Europe and is Britain’s national school of public health. The School was
ranked one of the top 3 research institutions in the country in the Times Higher
Education’s 'table of excellence', which is based on the 2008 Research Assessment
Exercise (RAE), ahead of the London School of Economics, Oxford, Imperial and
University College, London. The institution also achieved the largest increase in
ranking compared with 2001 of any of the top 10 institutions in the RAE rankings.
The School was awarded the 2009 annual Gates Award for Global Health, both the
first academic institution to win the award and the first British winner.
A special strength of the School’s research is its multi-disciplinary nature: leading
researchers have backgrounds in public health medicine, epidemiology, clinical
medicine, infectious diseases, chemotherapy, biochemistry, immunology, genetics,
molecular biology, entomology, statistics, demography, health economics, public
health engineering, medical anthropology, health promotion, environmental health
management, and health policy.
The mission of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is to contribute to
the improvement of health world-wide through the pursuit of excellence in research,
postgraduate teaching and advanced training in national and international public
health and tropical medicine, and through informing policy and practice in these
areas.
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
The Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases encompasses all of the laboratorybased research in the School as well as that on the clinical and epidemiological
aspects of infectious and tropical diseases. It is headed by the interim Dean, David
Mabey, who is Professor of Communicable Diseases. The range of disciplines
represented in the department is very broad and inter-disciplinary research is a
feature of much of our activity. The spectrum of diseases studied is wide and there
are major research groups with a focus on malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other
sexually transmitted diseases, vaccine development and evaluation, and vector
biology and disease control. The Faculty is organised into four departments
comprising: Pathogen Molecular Biology, Immunology and Infection, Disease Control
and Clinical Research. There is close interaction between scientists in different
research teams. The Faculty has strong overseas links, which provide a basis for
field studies and international collaborations in developed and developing countries.
The teaching programme includes MSc courses, taught in-house and by distance
learning, which are modular in structure, a variety of short-courses and an active
doctoral programme (PhD and DrPH).
Department of Immunology and Infection (Head: Professor Eleanor Riley)
Research in the Department of Immunology and Infection centres on analysis of the
host response to infection at the molecular, cellular and population levels. The goals
are to develop a greater understanding of basic mechanisms of immunological
protection versus pathology, and to apply this knowledge to the development of
immunological interventions and the identification of correlates of immune status. Our
work involves application of state-of-the-art cellular and molecular approaches to the
in vitro analysis of pathogen-host cell interactions, to in vivo studies in models and to
the study of immunity at the population level in disease endemic areas. Main areas of
research include the regulation of acute and chronic inflammation; macrophagepathogen interactions; cellular pharmacology; the production of cytokines during
innate and acquired immune responses; NK cell biology; T-cell function and antigen
recognition; the mechanisms of immunopathology; the development of vaccines; and
delivery systems for vaccines and drugs.
Details of current academic staff members and their research interests can be found
at http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/itd/iid/index.html
The research interests of the Clinical Research, Pathogen Molecular Biology and
Disease Control Departments in the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases can
be found by visiting our website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/itd/
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Teaching
The School offers 22 one year full-time taught courses leading to the Master of
Science (MSc) degree of the University of London and the Diploma of the London
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (DLSHTM). The Faculty of Infectious and
Tropical Diseases runs or contributes substantially to ten of these courses and the
“Immunology of Infectious Diseases” course is run from within the Department of
Immunology and Infection. In addition, the Faculty is responsible for the three-month
Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) and offers a range of specialist
short courses lasting usually one or two weeks. Three MSc courses are also offered
by Distance-based Learning, including one on Infectious Diseases.
Teaching Requirements
To contribute to the Faculty teaching programme, up to 15% of your time per annum,
subject to the policy of any funding agency (by agreement, some staff may make a
greater contribution than this).
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Research Training
The School offers two doctoral training programmes. The MPhil/PhD degrees are
designed for those who wish to go on to a full time research career. The DrPH is
directed towards those who expect their careers to be more in the practice of public
health.
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Duties of the post
It is likely that the research of the person appointed will fit primarily within the
Department of Immunology and Infection. S/he will be expected to:
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Establish a strong laboratory-based research programme in immunology in a
field relevant to the research strategy of the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical
Diseases.
Obtain the competitive funding required to sustain a strong research
programme
Exploit fully the opportunities for collaborative immunological, microbiological,
virological, epidemiological and clinical research within the ITD Faculty, for
interdepartmental collaborations, and for external links
Establish and direct a research team
Disseminate their work to the scientific community by regular publication in
quality peer reviewed journals and by attending major international
conferences
Train and supervise doctoral students in research
Contribute to the organisation and teaching of MSc courses and of diploma
and short courses
Participate as required in the administration of research and teaching
Play an active part in the academic life of the School and participate in
departmental and unit activities
Undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required by the Head of
Department and Dean of Faculty.
Person specification
The criteria listed represent the key requirements for the post.
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PhD or equivalent
Established internationally-recognised research programme in an area of
immunology relevant to the research strategy of the department
A proven ability to attract research funding
A proven ability to manage and lead a successful research team
A proven record of high quality research publications in peer reviewed
journals
A proven ability to supervise research degree students
Good communication skills and teaching skills
Experience of teaching at post-graduate level is also desirable.
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Accountability
The postholder will be accountable to the Dean of Faculty of Infectious and Tropical
Diseases, and the Head of the Department of Immunology and Infection.
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Salary and conditions of appointment
The post will be a full-time appointment at reader or senior lecturer level. Starting
salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The post is funded by the School on a without duration contract. The post will be
subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service,
Recently refurbished laboratory (P2 and P3) and office space will be provided within
the Keppel Street building. The appointee will have access to a state of the art P2/P3
biological services facility and extensive imaging and genomics facilities.
The person appointed will be entitled to 30 days holiday plus an additional 6 fixeddate Director’s Days. Membership of the USS pension scheme and interest free
season ticket loan is available. The School is conveniently situated for public
transport (Goodge Street, Russell Square, Euston Square and Tottenham Court
Road tube stations nearby). The School has a restaurant, bar and common room.
The School has a no smoking policy and an Equal Opportunities Policy.
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Applications
We encourage you to apply for this post online at our website jobs.lshtm.ac.uk. The
reference for this post will be SAIMM13. Online applications will be accepted by the
automated system until 10pm on 19th March 2013.
Applications should also include a CV, a covering letter and the names and email
addresses of 3 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.
If you are unable to apply online, please contact us at [email protected] or telephone
+ 44 20 7927 2201.
The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience
and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more
paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part
of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that
the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as
“Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.
Applications should make sure their on-line applications includes :
 Covering letter
 Curriculum vitae
 A list of publications specifying the five most significant publications, with
justification of the choice
 Evidence of receipt of independent research funding
 A statement highlighting major contributions in the separate areas of research,
teaching, and citizenship, (i.e. other contributions to the employing institution or to
external bodies)
 A statement of intended research direction, perceived relevance to the
Immunology and Infection department and to the London School, and proposed
funding mechanisms
 A statement of likely availability
Further information may be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor
Eleanor Riley – Telephone +44 20 7927 2300 [email protected]
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