Job offer in london Assistant Director – World Influenza Centre at The Francis Crick Institute

Short Summary

An exciting opportunity to be part of a pioneering biomedical research institute, dedicated to innovation and science.  We are looking for a highly organised, proactive, experienced and adaptable Assistant Director to join the World Influenza Centre at the Crick. The WIC Assistant Director is a key contributor to the success of the WIC with specific responsibilities for leading scientific projects and successful research programmes on the evolution of influenza viruses, following leads identified during the surveillance work of the WIC and they will assist in the management of aspects of the antigenic and genetic analysis of seasonal and potentially pandemic influenza viruses.

Project Scope

The Crick Worldwide Influenza Centre (WIC) is one of six WHO Collaborating Centres (WHO CCs) for Influenza within the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS). It requires an experienced virologist and/or molecular biologist to work within the WIC to carry out research and development on seasonal, zoonotic (potentially pandemic) and pandemic influenza viruses to enable the WIC to provide advice and develop recommendations for WHO, WHO Regional Offices, WHO National Influenza Centres and other bodies.

The post holder will be responsible for carrying out research to improve the understanding of human seasonal and pandemic influenza viruses to provide the basis for a better understanding of the ongoing evolution of influenza viruses, thereby providing improved risk assessments of the threat of emerging influenza viruses. The post holder will also assist in ensuring that the detailed antigenic and genetic analysis of viruses received by WIC from around the world are comprehensive and timely. 

About Us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.

The closing date for applications is 09 September 2018 at 23:30.

All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.