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Post-Doctoral Research on Coronavirus and its Transmissibility to and From Skin and Infection Control

Two exciting opportunities have arisen within the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to work with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in high containment level laboratories with Labskin, Unilever, University of Liverpool and Genoa.

Labskin in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen is continuing to develop methods to kill the novel coronavirus. Using its full thickness human skin model, we are looking at how the virus is transferred from various surfaces to the skin model. Furthermore, we are embarking on new projects with Unilever and the University of Liverpool to examine the following:

  • SARS-CoV-2 persistence and transmission from surfaces to human skin
  • the molecular response of skin to viral exposure,
  • how resident skin microbiota influence viral infectivity,
  • and how standard hygiene interventions inactivate the virus and prevent transmission.

These projects are now recruiting postdocs. Two exciting opportunities have arisen within the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to work with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in high containment level laboratories with Labskin, Unilever, University of Liverpool and Genoa.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

The first position is a 3-year contract, funded by a Strength in Places award. The project aims to examine SARS-CoV-2 persistence and transmission from surfaces to human skin. It will also examine the molecular response of human skin to viral exposure, how resident skin microbiota influence viral infectivity, and how standard hygiene interventions inactivate the virus and prevent transmission. This project is in collaboration with Labskin and Unilever.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

The second PDRA position is a 2-year contract, combining two projects. Both projects are funded by UKRI and EPSRC and in conjunction with the University of Liverpool and Genoa. The research will examine the persistence of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces and how antiviral coatings on PPE and touchscreens reduce viral persistence and transmission.

The projects will have dedicated technicians to assist with laboratory experiments. Each PDRA will be instrumental in mentoring and planning the activities of the technicians. There will also be scope for both to develop their own projects related to these topics, and to link with other research interests in the laboratory. Collaboration between both PDRA’s will be highly encouraged.

Key Responsibilities

  • Produce reports for preliminary analysis outcome
  • Prepare results for submission to academic journals
  • Present results at scientific meetings and consult with external partners
  • Develop industry partnerships and attract consultancy work
  • Train staff to work with pathogens at high containment levels (CL3)
  • Apply for research grants and fellowships in collaboration with PI’s

Experience Required

  • PhD in Virology or related field
  • Experience in techniques and protocols to quantify infectious viruses
  • Experience with molecular techniques and approaches
  • Experience working with pathogens in high containment levels
  • Applications for these positions must be sent via the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine careers page. Closing date for applications is 8th December 2020.

For further information on Labskin and the Labskin 3D skin model contact us.