Wellcome Trust: Head of Infection and Immunobiology
Wellcome wishes to recruit a new Head of Infection and Immunobiology (IIB); an exciting and varied role that requires an adaptive and flexible approach. You and your team will be responsible for the effective management and continuous development of your team’s portfolio. This includes UK-focused work, activities in Low and Middle-Income countries, the delivery of our competitive open-mode grant schemes, the development and management of new and existing major initiatives and a high level of interaction with the external research and funding community. You will report to the Director of Science.
Experience & Skills:
You will be an expert in a field relevant to Infection and Immuno-Biology, sharing your knowledge and expertise to contribute to the wider Science division and throughout Wellcome. You will use this knowledge and expertise to drive the development and implementation of new opportunities and activities.
To be successful in this role you will be a critical scientific thinker, have significant experience in a leadership role and can demonstrate a breadth of scientific expertise in a relevant field. You will have proven experience of managing people and projects, probably in an academic or industry setting as well as a strong understanding of the international research funding arena.
The Crick African Network’s African Career Accelerator Awards (CAN ACA) will provide Fellowship support for African Post-Doctoral researchers (or non-African citizens with permanent residency status) who are aiming to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher and launching their own research group. The CAN ACA awards will invest in early-career researchers who have demonstrated strong scientific and leadership potential, as well as a commitment to continuing their research on the African continent. This call is made possible by funding from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.
The Fellowships will be undertaken in not less than two locations: The Francis Crick Institute (UK) and at one of the five African partner institutions: The University of Ghana (Ghana), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of Cape Town (South Africa), MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM (The Gambia) and MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit.
Applicants must be a citizen or have permanent residency status of one of the 55 African nations, as defined by the African Union. Applicants will also have a PhD and have no more than 6 years’ post-doctoral research experience (with allowances for legitimate career breaks) but more than 2 years’ post-doctoral experience unless the applicant has an outstanding track-record, supported by publication and employment history.
Each fellowship may have a value of up to £145,000. Provision has been made to cover costs of travel for both relocation and conferences, as well as research related costs for consumables. Each fellowship also includes the option of the purchase of equipment, with a single item up to a value of £10,000, and a total budget of £20,000.