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Centre for Doctoral Training Manager & Postgraduate Programmes Manager
Ref:1755839

  • Grade: 7
  • Hours: Full Time (Job share considered)
  • Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £35,328 - £42,701 per annum
  • Closing date: 16 October 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall purpose of post is to provide support to the two CDT Directors and to administer the EngD and PhD research programmes within the department, ensuring that effective procedures are devised and followed to provide a high level of service to the students.  This will cover all aspects including EngD/PhD induction, progression, graduation and alumni services.
The postholder will work with the CDT and post-graduate management teams to manage the centre’s activities and provide data and reports as required on regular and ad hoc bases, involving tracking and recording a number of metrics required by UCL and the department.
The postholder will work with the Admissions and Progression Manager to plan and execute effective timetabling, induction activities and Exam Board duties.
The postholder will work with the Departmental Manager and other members of the Administration team, to actively engage in and implement the transformation exercise and continuous improvement programme
Post is funded initially for 3 years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate should be educated to degree standard or equivalent and should have GCSE English and Maths, or equivalent. They should have excellent IT skills, including MS Office, Outlook, email and internet and good knowledge of creating and manipulating large excel spreadsheets. Have experience working in Higher Education administration with experience of student registration and other on-line systems. They should also have the ability to organize and prioritise a varied and demanding workload.

Job description and person specification for Centre for Doctoral Training Manager & Postgraduate Programmes Manager Ref:1755839 can be found with application link here


Research Finance Administrator - Secondment/Maternity Cover
Ref:1755616

  • Grade: 7
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £35,328 - £42,701 per annum
  • Closing date: 16 Oct 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Biochemical Engineering works with over fifty industrial collaborators in a wide range of research programmes.These collaborations help support researchers working towards doctorate degrees and to underpin research and scientific exchanges within the department.To put this activity into effect, it is essential that clear agreements are reached with the companies both on intellectual property and on financial issues and that research finances are planned, monitored and dispersed in accordance with the requirements of both the UCL, the funding bodies and the grant holder.
The role will require close liaison with academic members of staff, PDRAs, post-doctoral students and some key UCL departments.
The postholder will work closely with other Project Managers in the Department, providing budgetary support and help with legal and contractual negotiations with academic and industrial collaborators.
The postholder will work with the Departmental Manager and other members of the Administration team, to actively engage in and implement the transformation exercise and continuous improvement programme.
This post is available as a secondment for 7 months period as of 1st November 2018.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate should have substantial project management and finance knowledge and skills.They should have detailed knowledge of work practices, processes and procedures relevant to the management of large grants.Have the ability to manage a large and diverse turnover of contracts or documents and ability to analyse financial, budget and management reports.
They should proficient negotiator with ability to influence and form strong interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills including the ability to build successful relationships and collaborate in cross-functional teams and maintain a positive work environment.

Job description and person specification for Research Finance Administrator - Secondment/Maternity Cover Ref:1755616 can be found with application link here


Research Fellow in Bioprocess Engineering
Ref:1753748

  • Grade: 7
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary: (inclusive of London allowance): £35,328 - £42,701 per annum
  • Closing Date: 23 October 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is a key part of The Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub (Vax-Hub). The activity is led by UCL Biochemical Engineering and The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford with a number of academic and industrial partners. The Hub’s vision is to make the UK the global centre for integrated discovery through to bioprocess manufacture of next generation vaccines. Manufacturing vaccines today is inefficient due to use of serial batch operations in large complex facilities that require highly trained operators and extensive quality testing throughout production. Fixed costs associated with manufacturing can reach 90% of total vaccine costs. Innovation is essential to overcome these persistent challenges in order to reach more people with vaccines, particularly children and those in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
The Department of Biochemical Engineering is looking for someone who will be required to carry out research to develop a robust and scalable platform process for adeno-based vaccine manufacture meeting affordability criteria for translation to LMICs. It will benefit from extensive collaboration with The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford who have developed standardised upstream production methods for adenoviral (non-enveloped) vectored vaccines using bioreactors, which are scalable and capable of generating consistent viral harvest material. Routes to achieve this can include protein engineering of the viral capsid to aide purification.
The work will include designing and running experiments, recording, analysing, writing up the results, including publications and conference presentations.
The aim is to develop purification platforms that can achieve the levels of process robustness and tight product specifications necessary for the production of safe and efficacious vaccines at a cost that can be met by LMIC countries.
While based at UCL travel to Oxford University and other Vax-Hub partners may be required.

This post is funded until 31st March 2021 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate should have a PhD in a relevant subject area and in particular bioseparations, recombinant techniques and bioanalytical methods related to biotherapeutic manufacture particularly viral vectors. They should also have key research techniques such as quantitative PCR; cell based infectivity assays; purification techniques e.g. SEC, IEX, HIC, Affinity (Protein A) and protein analytical skills e.g. ELISA, western blotting, coomassie, SDS-PAGE.

Job description and person specification for Research Fellow in Bioprocess Engineering / Bioanalysis can be found with application link here


Research Fellow in Virus-Like Particle Vaccine Production Ref:1757414

  • Grade: 7
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £35,328 - £42,701 per annum
  • Closing date: 24 Oct 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is a key part of The Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub (Vax-Hub). The activity is led by UCL Biochemical Engineering and The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford with a number of academic and industrial partners. The Hub’s vision is to make the UK the global centre for integrated discovery through to bioprocess manufacture of next generation vaccines. Manufacturing vaccines today is inefficient due to use of serial batch operations in large complex facilities that require highly trained operators and extensive quality testing throughout production. Fixed costs associated with manufacturing can reach 90% of total vaccine costs. Innovation is essential to overcome these persistent challenges in order to reach more people with vaccines, particularly children and those in low and middle income countries (LMICs). 

The post holder will be required to carry out research to support the development of a robust and scalable platform process for virus-like particle (VLP) based vaccine manufacture meeting affordability criteria for translation to LMICs. It will benefit from extensive collaboration with The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford who have developed expression platforms for a range of VLP vaccines (e.g. Malaria). Routes to achieve this can include optimising expression systems, engineering of VLP proteins and streamlined analytics to produce high quality VLPs. The work requires designing and running experiments, recording, analysing, writing up the results, including publications and conference presentations.  The aim is to improve VLP quality by design to achieve the process robustness and tight product specifications necessary for the production of safe and efficacious vaccines at a cost that can be met by LMIC countries.

While based at UCL travel to Oxford University and other Vax-Hub partners may be required.

This post is funded until 31st March 2021 in the first instance. 

Key Requirements

The successful candidate should have a PhD in a relevant subject area and in particular recombinant techniques, and bioanalytical, biophysical methods related to biotherapeutic manufacture particularly of virus-like particles. They should also have experience with relevant key research techniques such as molecular cloning techniques and recombinant protein expression in yeast and bacterial systems; protein purification techniques e.g. Affinity, SEC, IEX and Protein analytical skills e.g. SDS-PAGE, western blotting, mass spec, ELISA.

Job description and person specification for Research Fellow in Virus-Like Particle Vaccine Production Ref:1757414 can be found with application link here


Vaccine Hub Project Manager Ref:1749892

  • Grade: 7
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £35,328 - £42,701 per annum
  • Closing date: 24 Oct 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

The Hub Project Manager will be the first point of contact for queries on the Hub activities and will be responsible for championing a project management approach to delivery of the Hub goals. This will involve co-ordination and administrative management of the Hub activities as well as providing administrative support to the Hub Directors, relevant academic staff and key stakeholders. The Hub Project Manager will be responsible for managing budgetary resources, monitoring performance and risks, managing communication activities, and preparing summary reports for the Directors and Advisory Board.

This post is funded until 31st March 2021 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate should be educated to A level standard, or equivalent, or having acquired equivalent experience, such as report writing. They should also be able to create systems, procedures and processes to manage the delivery of the required Hub outcomes on time and within budget. They should monitor the progress of Hub plans and keep Director/Co-Directors informed of any actions required on a regular basis and keep Hub Director/Co-Directors informed of any identified risks to the achievement of Hub plans as they arise and keep an updated risk register.

Job description and person specification for Vaccine Hub Project Manager Ref:1749892 can be found with application link here