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Marie Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-09714

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/03/2017

Salary: £27,741 to £36,153 (H1 to H4) per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Chemical Biology & Biological Chemistry

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: 01/06/2017 to 31/07/2019

School / Directorate: School of Chemistry

This Early Stage Researcher (ESR) opportunity is available in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN European Training Network GLYCOVAX on; chemo-enzymatic strategies for the synthesis of sialylated oligosaccharides.

The GLYCOVAX network – A TRAINING NETWORK FOR THE RATIONAL DESIGN OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF WELL-DEFINED GLYCOCONJUGATE VACCINES – educates and develops promising young scientists to rationally design well-defined and innovative glycoconjugate vaccines to improve current preventive therapies and tackle unmet medical needs.

GLYCOVAX is based on a profound interaction between the academic and industrial sectors, involving 9 academic groups and 2 industrial partners with complementary expertise in chemical/enzymatic synthesis of carbohydrates, conjugation techniques, high-throughput screening technology, structural glycobiology, vaccinology and immunology.

In this highly multidisciplinary environment 14 ESRs will be trained in the growing field of glycoscience and vaccinology, enriching their skills and combining different state-of-the-art methodologies for the rational design of innovative glycoconjugates.

The research activities implemented in the 4 scientific Work Packages of GLYCOVAX will be applied to epidemiologically relevant disease areas of meningitis, neonatal infections, and nosocomial infections. Each of the 14 ESRs will participate in the network’s training activities and work placements at the laboratories of the participating academic and industrial partners. In addition, the training programme of the recruited ESRs will be supplemented by regular meetings and workshops within the GLYCOVAX International Training Network.

This vacancy covers a 26 month research position at The University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor Sabine Flitsch. The research may include a periodic research secondment hosted by another partner laboratory.

We are looking for bright and motivated individuals with the will to excel in a highly competitive environment. You should have an excellent undergraduate degree (2:1 or above), or MSc ideally in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a closely related discipline. You must also be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher in the UK.

Please note there are strict *eligibility requirements* which apply to all Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers. At the time of the appointment, applicants should not hold a PhD or have more than 4 years’ research experience after Undergraduate/Masters graduation and should not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before appointment.

Applications, including a CV and indicating the job reference S&E-09714, should be made online by clicking below. Further supporting documents, as detailed in the further particulars, should be forwarded to Dr Hannah Roberts

The School is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science; the School’s website documenting activity in this area can be found at:

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Dr Hannah Roberts



Professor Sabine Flitsch


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting: Wednesday 22 February 2017

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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