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Our Division recognizes that successful academic careers increasingly start with an entry-level fellowship. We have an excellent track record in recruiting promising scientists at this level and providing them with the scientific environment and mentorship that they need to become successful independent investigators. We remain committed to this process.

If you are eligible for fellowship schemes, for example, from the Wellcome Trust or the Medical Research Council, and would like to apply for a fellowship to work as an independent investigator in Infection and Immunity at UCL, send a research proposal and a CV to g.towers (at)

Postdoctoral Positions

Any postdoctoral positions will be advertised on this site, the infection and immunity site and the main UCL vacancies site.

Current Vacancies:

Research Associate (3 posts)

Job reference: 1579300

Full time on UCL Grade 7 - salary range will be £33,686 – £37,524 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Closing Date: 9th October 2016

Latest time for the submission of applications: 17:00pm.

Applications are invited for three Post Doctoral Research Associate positions in the UCL Division of Infection and Immunity in the laboratory of Professor Greg Towers. The Towers group shares laboratory space, and collaborates, with an interdisciplinary grouping of Wellcome Trust funded Investigators with research interests ranging from basic science to clinical virology. The post-holders will be expected to perform the highest quality research under the direction of the Principal Investigator. The Towers Lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to using HIV and hCMV to understand the defensive cell biology associated with sensing virus infection.
Two of the posts are funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship entitled "Characterisation of innate immune DNA sensing and viral evasion strategies". These two Wellcome Trust funded positions are available for three years in the first instance.
The third post is funded by UCL Biomedical Research Centre and aims to study the role of Cyclophilin in replication of human cytomegalovirus in collaboration with Dr Matthew Reeves at UCL. This position is available for 18 months in the first instance.

The positions would suit motivated postdoctoral scientists who wish to develop their career and pursue opportunities for independent fellowships.
See for further information on laboratory interests

The postholders should have a PhD (or be about to be awarded) in a relevant subject.
The successful candidates must have significant experience of working in a research laboratory. Evidence of scientific contribution including publications and presentation at conferences is also essential. Candidates must have excellent oral and written scientific communications skills, commitment to collaboration in research and to taking a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £29,485 – £31,091 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to:

The vacancy is also advertised in:

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made by email to Professor Greg Towers at . If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Isabel Lubeiro by email at

PhD Studentships

If you are interested in studying for a PhD in our lab, go to the PhD in the Division of Infection, Immunity and Transplantation page for information including structure, admission and funding.

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