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15 May 2018

HKU-Pasteur Newsletter - May 2018

The May edition of the HKU-Pasteur Newsletter is out!

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08 May 2018

[JOB OPENING] Laboratory Manager at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Applications are invited for appointment as Laboratory Manager (at the rank of Executive Officer/Assistant Technical Manager) in the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, School of Public Health (Ref.: 201800526) (to commence as soon as possible, on a two-year fixed-term basis with contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 10% of basic salary, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance).

HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, a joint laboratory created as a long-term collaborative project between Institut Pasteur and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), have an exceptional record of excellence in virology research. It currently consists of five groups with a total of 40 staff.

The successful candidate should bring together laboratory and organizational skills as well as knowledge of safety procedures to ensure that the laboratory operates smoothly.  He/She will work closely and report to the Co-Directors of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole.

Applicants should possess:

·      MPhil degree in science or related discipline

·      3+ years of research experience in a lab

·      Excellent written and verbal communication skills

·      Fluency in both Cantonese and English; Mandarin would be a plus

Job responsibilities and duties include:

·      Manage BSL2 virus and cell culture laboratories

·      Assist with and supervise various research projects

·      Train new personnel on the correct use of lab equipment

·      Supervise lab assistants

·      Assist others with and perform lab techniques

·      Oversee reordering supplies and maintaining security standards

·      Work closely with team members to provide effective solutions to support research objectivesand improve technical activities

·      Advise on technical procedures, techniques and equipment, and maintains conformance with specific operational standards; evaluates and recommends new techniques and/or technologies

·      Ensure adherence to regulatory requirements, budgets, and schedules

·      Establish and improve procedures and processes by addressing issues and risks

·      Ensure the lab establishes and maintains a calibration program for testing equipment to provide quality results

·      Ensure that environmental requirements set by HKU are met

·      Work with the administrator in the determination of fiscal requirements and in the preparation of budgetary recommendations

·      Assist to compile and prepare reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends, and appropriate recommendations and conclusions in coordination with the Co-Directors and the Administrative Assistant

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefit. 

Applicants should send a completed application form together with an up-to-date C.V. to the School at hkuip@hku.hk.  Application forms (345/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hr.hku.hk/apptunit/jr-form.doc.  Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk/.  Closes May 30, 2018.

The University places great emphasis on developing staff potential, and has in place a variety of development opportunities and assistance for staff at different stages of their career.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

 

The University is an equal opportunities employer and

is committed to equality, inclusivity, diversity and transparency

 

02 May 2018

[Testimonial] Tami Zhang, Postdoctoral fellow at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole

Postdoctoral Fellow at HKU-Pasteur, Tami Zhang travelled to the Institut Pasteur in Paris from February 2016 to June 2017.
 

Why did you go to Paris?

I was very lucky. When I was working at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, my supervisor Dr Sumana Sanyal got a grant to foster her collaboration with a researcher at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. My credential was suitable for this project! So I went to Paris for one year and a half, before going back to Hong Kong to complete the project.

How was your stay in Paris?

The colleagues were very friendly. The team I worked with is very multidisciplinary and was always keen to help me. The lab in Paris has established a state-of-the-art platform to study the interactions between proteins, and it was a critical part of my project. I was very excited to learn this new technique.

The everyday life was also very nice and interactive, with a lot of exchanges about research life. Every first Tuesday of the month, the team members gathered outside the lab and spent fun time together. During my free time, I used to be a crew member of an association helping the other international students and staff and creating social times within the Institut Pasteur: the association of the young researchers of the Institut Pasteur StaPa. Besides new virology techniques, I have also learned a lot about French bakery! Not to mention that I ran the famous race "20 Kilometers of Paris" as part of the Institut Pasteur team, to raise funds for the institute. In short, it was a formidable stay in Paris!

What made you choose virology as a career?

I got my Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical. A lot of my graduate fellows became sales managers for pharmaceutical companies but I found myself more interested in upper-stream research. I was not really into engineering, so I decided to go for basic science. I had the chance to study as a PhD student at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, investigating Dengue virus. Afterwards, Dr Sumana Sanyal’s team at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole was the only other team that worked on Dengue virus in Hong Kong. So, when I attended the HKU-Pasteur Virology Course in 2013, I started networking and discussing my career plans, and I finally joined the team after I defended my thesis! The international atmosphere at HKU-Pasteur Research Pole is very nice, and the research project on Dengue virus is promising. Thanks to the HKU-Pasteur courses, I am able to meet a lot of world-renowned experts and get inspired. Joining the Institut Pasteur network makes me very proud. It had early been a goal during my studies. I remember when I visited the Pasteur Museum in Paris, I was very sentimental! « Finally I am there »… There clearly is this « Pasteurian » feeling. We feel united as biologists, immunologists, virologists… to better understand infectious diseases, with a strong awareness about human wellbeing in every sense.

What do you love in your job?

When you work everyday in a lab, of course you have to face difficulties and see experiments failing, but it’s always very inspiring and encouraging if you can solve a problem, get new findings allowing you to refine a concept… I like to face challenges in science, go into the unknown of my research scope! It’s where my passion is.

03 Apr 2018

HKU-Pasteur Newsletter - March 2018

For the March edition of its newsletter, HKU-Pasteur visited the French schooner Tara, hosted the 2018 Cell Biology course and much more! 

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27 Mar 2018

HKU-Pasteur and Institut Pasteur Korea together against influenza viruses

We are pleased to announce that a memorandum of understanding for collaborative research on influenza viruses has been signed between HKU-Pasteur Research Pole and Institut Pasteur Korea during the visit of Marc Windish, Group Leader at Institut Pasteur Korea, in Hong Kong.

After the signing ceremony Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, said:

 “I am delighted to see this signing materialize the close relationship that HKU-Pasteur Research Pole and Institut Pasteur Korea have developed over the years. I am persuaded that our synergies in studying influenza and respiratory viruses from animal surveillance to drug discovery will enhance the impact of our work and our mission to mitigate the threat of these and other emerging viruses.“

Wang-Shick Ryu, CEO of Institut Pasteur Korea further commented :

"I am confident that the close tie with HKU-PRP will offer us opportunities to engage in international scientific activities such as oversea grant application, scientific symposium as well as collaboration. In particular, the international leadership of HKU-PRP will position our influenza research to be more internationally recognizable and competitive."

Every year, influenza – or flu – is responsible for three to five million severe cases and 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide. Moreover, influenza virus causes substantial social and economic losses not only by affecting job performance in healthy adults but also by increasing morbidity and mortality in high-risk groups.

This partnership will bring together two major laboratories members of the Institut Pasteur International Network with complementary expertises spanning surveillance, diagnostic, pathogenesis and drug discovery.

Institut Pasteur Korea - press release.

15 Mar 2018

Everything you need to know about HKU-Pasteur!

HKU-Pasteur Research Pole (HKU-PRP) is a joint laboratory of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Institut Pasteur, established in 2000 with the aim to develop programmes of excellence in research and education that will generate biological knowledge and advance the understanding and treatment of infectious diseases.

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