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Scientific officer – In vitro bacteriologist or molecular microbiologist

Department of Infection Biology

Salary: £29,854 to £33,959 per annum, inclusive.

Closing Date: Sunday 17 January 2021

Reference: ITD-DIB-2020-18

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

We are seeking to appoint a Scientific Officer who will mainly implement and perform molecular bacteriology techniques to aid the development of new in vitro assays/models for M. tuberculosis to evaluate the efficacy of new anti-tuberculosis compounds, alone and in combination. He or she will perform various M. tuberculosis molecular biology experiments to assist current projects and provided the scientific rational for future projects. All this is done in a team-oriented, result driven, international research environment that provides an excellent career opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated scientist.

The post-holder will provide technical support and perform and report in vitro M. tuberculosis MIC, MBC, checkerboard and kill kinetic assays. Culturing of bacteria under various conditions and is familiar with different endpoint readouts, eg. CFU, REMA, etc. Using modern molecular techniques, e.g. CRISPRi, to construct reporter and gene knockout strains of M. tuberculosis will be established. The role will entail in vitro molecular biology assays and general laboratory tasks, including preparing reagents and materials, and cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment.The role will involve working closely with other academic research and professional support staff.

The successful applicant will have a Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in a biological science or related field or Medical Laboratory Scientist qualification, or relevant experience in a related field, be proficient in MS Office and Graphpad Prism, be proficient in all aspects of prokaryotic molecular biology techniques (DNA/RNA isolation, RT-PCR, cloning, plasmid construction, etc.), have experience in working with M. tuberculosis in a Biosafety Level 3 laboratory and excellent communication, organisational and team working skills. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.

This full-time post is funded by the Janssen Global Public Health for a period of 24 months and is available from 11 January 2021 to 10 December 2023. Salary is on the Professional Support Grade 4 scale in the range £29,854 – £33,959 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary ‘Director’s Days’. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. The post is based in London at LSHTM.

Applications should be made online via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Please quote reference ITD-DIB-2020-18.

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.

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.


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