Post-Doctoral Research Associate - LSTM

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Department of Parasitology has an exciting opportunity in the Research Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics.

Closing Date:  Thursday 18th August 2017

Salary: RA - £27,629 to £32,004 per annum, PDRA - £32,958 to £38,183 per annum

Contract type: Full Time, Fixed Term Contract - Aug 2017 to end Feb 2018

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, organisations and institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant/ Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Research Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics in diagnostics for the Visceral Leishmaniasis elimination campaign. We are currently enrolling patients for diagnostic evaluation studies in Bangladesh and will extend to India soon. The RA/ PDRA will be travelling to Bangladesh and India for conducting workshops for molecular and antigen tests in Bangladesh and India, and ensuring that the technical staff can conduct testing independently through QA.  You will also perform external quality assurance of samples in the UK and analyse data for diagnostic accuracy. You will be involved in writing reports and publications of results and to apply for follow-up funding by writing grant applications.

If you want to be appointed as the Research Assistant, you must possess a MSc, and a PhD if you want to apply for the Post-Doctoral Research Associate; in the biological sciences or a relevant field. The successful candidate will bring rich experience of working in Visceral Leishmania endemic countries (at least 3 years) and of working with qPCR and other molecular diagnostics. You must be able to demonstrate your experience of working in a laboratory, having knowledge in NTDs and publishing in peer review journals. You will be able to communicate effectively, connecting with colleagues across levels, with an ability to work independently as well as be willing to develop further research protocols for funding. You must be able to work with other laboratory groups in India and Bangladesh.

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Tenure-track positions in Parasitology, McGill University

The Institute of Parasitology at McGill University ( seeks to fill two tenure-track positions; the first is at the level of Associate Professor/Full Professor and the second is at level of Assistant Professor. Candidates holding a PhD or equivalent with demonstrated success in research excellence, and potential for high quality teaching in the broad area of Molecular Parasitology or Immunoparasitology are invited to submit their applications. The appointee at the rank of Associate Professor/Full Professor should have a track record commensurate with an appointment as a Tier I Canada Research Chair ( We seek applicants with a history of excellent and impactful publications and successful achievements in securing extramural research funding. Applications are encouraged from scientists working on parasite systems of veterinary and human importance, in particular with research programs focusing on molecular or immunological aspects of parasitology. The appointees are expected to develop a competitive research program supported by external funding and will participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching within the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ( and McGill University have a large and dynamic community of researchers focused on parasitic infections, including genomics, proteomics, imaging, drug research and clinical applications provide outstanding opportunities to establish multidisciplinary collaborative projects. Quebec’s prominent and interactive community of parasitologists, who are members of the Centre for Host-Parasite Interactions, provides attractive possibilities to develop new research linkages. McGill University is an English language institution functioning in a bilingual (French, English) environment. Candidates should forward a CV, summary of research plans and the names of three referees by August 1, 2017 to:
Armando Jardim, PhD
Institute of Parasitology
McGill University
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada H9X 3V9
Phone (514) 398-7612

Four postdoctoral positions to study the cell biology and drug interactions of the trypanosome trafficking system, Dundee.

Support: The Wellcome Trust
Project director: Mark C. Field
Location: Wellcome Trust Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dow Street, Dundee, DD1 5EH, UK.

We are seeking four highly motivated postdoctoral researchers with appropriate skills in molecular and cell biology to join our group and our study of the dynamics of the cell surface of trypanosomes. Our major goal is to understand the structure, function and contributions of surface proteins and transport pathways towards antigenic variation, drug sensitivity and pathogenesis. The project is seeking to take studies in this area to the next level, considering the whole cellular context in response to drugs and trafficking, by the application of proteomics, genetic screens and super-resolution microscopy. The School of Life Sciences at Dundee offers exceptional facilities, including world class proteomics, imaging, computation, access to drug screening methodology together with combined expertise in trypanosome research that is excellent. The laboratory is part of the newly formed Wellcome Trust Centre for Anti-Infectives Research. See for details.

Successful applicants will pursue a program under the broad title “Dynamics of the cell surface of trypanosomes”, involving predominantly molecular genetics, cell biology, proteomics, biochemistry and structural biology. They will be expected to work independently, to contribute to the teaching/training of other staff/Ph.D. students, to general laboratory duties and preparing and writing manuscripts for publication.

To apply you will have:

• An upper second or first class degree from a first rate UK University of equivalent,
• A recent Ph.D. in a relevant subject, preferably mammalian, yeast or trypanosome cell biology and/or molecular genetics,
• Experience and enthusiasm contributing to molecular cell biology projects,
• Some computer and data processing skills,
• Publications in peer-reviewed journals,
• Experience with cell culture,
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team,
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

The University of Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

To apply: Please submit a full CV and covering letter directly to Informal inquiries welcome.