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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral vacancy in Virology. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary team based at the Department of Plant Sciences in central Cambridge. The successful candidate will aid in two lines of investigation. The primary investigation focuses on the properties of dicistroviruses. These positive-sense RNA viruses are insect-pathogenic agents with potential in protection of plants against insect pests. Salary: £34,308-£42,155

The secondary investigation focuses on the characterisation of gene expression of plant endornaviruses, which are RNA viruses that may confer benefits on their hosts. The optimal candidate would be a virologist with experience working with animal (preferably invertebrate) viruses in cell culture systems, and with experience in molecular biological techniques, including gene cloning and studies of viral gene expression in vivo and in vitro.

Candidates will be expected to hold a PhD, or equivalent qualification in virology, cell biology or microbiology. Prior experience in plant virology is not required. The successful candidate will be primarily based in the Plant Sciences Department but will carry out some procedures in the Pathology Department in collaboration with Dr Betty Chung.

The candidate will be expected to conduct collaborative research; write up research work for presentation and publication; plan the use of research resources as appropriate; assist when needed in the supervision of student projects; provide instruction to students and deliver seminars relating to their research areas.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance. Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online. Please note that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD34900 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application process: –

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the ‘Apply online’ section of the advert published on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your full Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a list of publications, a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position and contact information of three referees in the Upload section of the online application.

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. The closing date for applications is stated in the advert. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email

Further information

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Closing date: 27 January 2023

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