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Senior research virologist

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Dr Radu Tanasescu, Consultant Neurologist, has been awarded a grant from the NUH n RI Recovery Resilience and Growth to undertake a research project entitled Human herpesvirus associations with Neuromyelitis Optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and MOG antibody associated disease (MOGAD). The position of Senior Research Virologist is critical to the success of this grant and the appointee will plan, organise, and perform all the laboratory work relating to the study of the anti-viral immune response (seroprevalence and levels of antibody response). There will also be a need to be a subject matter expert on human herpesviruses and to provide advice to Consultant Neurologists on virological aspects of the study. There will also be a need to analyse results, advise on further studies, and to present work at scientific meetings and for publication.

This will be a part-time, fixed-term.

Main duties of the job

In addition to the brief list above you must familiarise yourself with the full job description and person specification attached to this advert prior to applying.

Clinical / Scientific / Technical

1. To act as a subject matter expert on human herpesviruses advising on the selection of assays and performing such assays with a high degree of accuracy and precision by application of appropriate quality standards.

2. To plan, organise and undertake laboratory work to meet the key objectives of the study.

3. To a high scientific standard analyse results and derive appropriate inferences.

4. To present results at local, national and international meetings


5. Be personally responsible for obtaining and maintaining HPC state registration.

6. Take all necessary measures to keep up to date with CPD in the discipline. This will include the reading of medical and scientific journals and attendance and participation in courses, seminars and scientific meetings (local, regional and national) as required.

7. Be able to work independently and manage own workload working to local and national standards within the HCPC professional code of conduct.

About us

With over 17,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the city with a central role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population. We play a leading role in research, education and innovation.

Come and join our wonderful team at NUH. We are big believers in diversity and welcome new ideas to help develop our team in order to deliver world class healthcare to the vast patient populations we serve. With endless personal development opportunities available, at NUH we will endeavour to turn your job into a career!

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, or Disabled, as we are striving to be better represented at NUH.

Job description

Job responsibilities


In addition to the key job responsibilities detailed in this job description all employees at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust are expected to comply with the general duties detailed below:

Infection Control

To maintain a clean, safe environment, ensuring adherence to the Trusts standards of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control.

Information Governance

All staff have an individual responsibility for creating accurate records of their work and for making entries into and managing all NHS records effectively in line with the Health Record Keeping Policy and other Health Records and Corporate Records Management policies and procedures in order to meet the Trusts legal, regulatory and accountability requirements.

Health and Safety

To take reasonable care to prevent injury to themselves or others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

To co-operate fully in discharging the Trust policies and procedures with regard to health and safety matters.

To immediately report to their manager any shortcomings in health and safety procedures and practice.

To report any accidents or dangerous incidents to their immediate manager and safety representative as early as possible and submit a completed accident/incident form.

To use protective clothing and equipment where provided.

Whilst the aim of the Trust is to promote a co-operative and constructive view of health and safety concerns in the organisation, all staff must be aware that a wilful or irresponsible disregard for safety matters may give rise to disciplinary proceedings.


To actively participate in governance activities to ensure that the highest standards of care and business conduct are achieved.

Health and Wellbeing

Employees are expected to take all reasonable steps to look after both their physical health and mental health. To support employees to achieve this NUH offers a wide range of health and wellbeing activities and interventions. The full programme can be viewed at on the staff intranet.

Line managers are expected to encourage and support staff to look after their health and wellbeing, including the release of staff to attend health and wellbeing activities and interventions.

General Policies Procedures and Practices

To comply with all Trust policies, procedures and practices and to be responsible for keeping up to date with any changes to these.


Office based conditions with occasional exposure to clinical environments.

Please refer to the job description and person specification attached to the advert for the full details of the vacancy.

Person Specification

Values and behaviours


  • State Registered clinical scientist (HCPC)
  • PhD or equivalent higher degree
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuing education and training


  • Research, development or audit qualifications / experience



  • Must have up to date knowledge of virology with significant experience of working with human herpesviruses.
  • Significant post registration experience with demonstration of skill at specialist level as evidenced by attainment of FRCPath part 1 or an equivalent qualification
  • Experience of clinical neurology as evidenced by a masters level qualification


  • Demonstrates knowledge of advanced techniques or instrumentation
  • An awareness of NHS financial and administrative systems

Communication and Relationship skills


  • Ability to present complex scientific information
  • Can communicate on a number of levels using different media

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • An understanding of quality systems relevant to the performance of laboratory assays
  • An ability to make judgements involving a range of complex facts or situations, which require analysis, and interpretation of a range of options

Planning and organisation skills


  • oAble to carry out Staff planning for a section or specific team

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Able to participate in out of hours roster or other flexible working arrangements
  • Able to maintain concentration for prolonged periods at various tasks

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


Queens Medical Centre

Derby Road



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