The CVR is the UK's largest grouping of human and veterinary virologists.  Its mission is to carry out multidisciplinary research on viruses and viral diseases of human and animals, and to translate the knowledge gained for the improvement of human and animal health.  The CVR has excellent facilities for conducting research in molecular biology and virology located in a new purpose-built research building at the Garscube campus of the University of Glasgow.  The CVR is a core component of the Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

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The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research has two posts to offer to research SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. The successful candidates will join a Wellcome Trust funded project, AFRICO19, to work with researchers at the MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit Uganda, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme Kenya, and the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM. The postholders will be embedded (working remotely or on site) with researchers based in the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR), and School of Computer Science, University of Glasgow, 

We require two distinct skills sets: software engineering and computational biology/machine learning. The aim will be to support the key project goals: genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 and providing improved understanding of SARS-CoV-2 diversity, evolution, epidemiology and biology, coordinating with other members of the consortium.

Candidates with a background in bioinformatics, computational or evolutionary biology, computer science, biostatistics and/or machine learning are encouraged to apply. While experience of virology will be an advantage it is not essential. We strongly encourage early career researchers to apply.

These positions are funded until 12 July 2022 on a full-time basis. Applications will also be considered from candidates who are available to work on a part-time basis. Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 6/7 depending on experience, £29,176 - £32,817/£35,845 - £40,322 per annum.

Interested applicants should apply online at and seek the Reference Numbers quoted above.

For enquiries regarding these posts please contact either Prof David L Robertson, or Dr Ke Yuan,

Closing Date: 26 October 2020



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