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The Pirbright Institute delivers world-leading research to understand, predict, detect and respond to viral disease outbreaks. We study viruses of livestock that are endemic and exotic to the UK, including zoonotic viruses, by using the most advanced tools and technologies to understand host-pathogen interactions in animals and arthropod vectors. Our major strength in understanding the immune systems of livestock provides a platform to control current diseases and respond to emerging threats.

Our Institute is made up of a dynamic and vibrant community of staff covering a diverse set of chosen fields, backgrounds and experience. We all play a crucial role in furthering the Institute’s aspirations, advancing the frontiers of science and knowledge through our excellent scientific research, knowledge sharing and contribution; with a real focus in improving the world in which we live. Our outlook is always balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one Institute’ approach.

Main duties and responsibility 

To achieve the prescribed objective of research project entitled: “Combating avian influenza through systematic analysis of antigenic drift, genetic variation, and development of novel diagnostic tools and vaccines”

The research project responsibilities also include:-

  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, conferences (national and international) etc. – In tandem with the principal investigator, contribute to writing research publications and bids for research funding – Liaise with external collaborators on the research, where appropriate
  • Collaborate with project partners in UK and Vietnam and Pakistan
  • To publish research results in high impact scientific journals.
  • Enhance the International impact of the Institute by participation in meetings, joint projects and other activities
  • Contribute to the Knowledge exchange, business development and outreach programmes of the Institute
  • Participate in the operational and academic management activities of the Institute wherever possible.

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

Personal behaviours

Results driven, excellent time management and problem solving skills as well as the ability to be reliable under pressure, passionate about your research and provide inspiration and creativity to other team members.

Specific requirements


  • A PhD or equivalent in virology or immunology
  • Proven experience in molecular virology skills
  • A publication record commensurate to the applicant’s career stage
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Experience with influenza molecular virology
  • Experience with viral vector vaccine technology
  • Knowledge of recombinant virus technology

What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare vouchers and a subsidised childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking

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