29 Apr 2019

HKU-Pasteur is looking for a Research Assistant to work in Sophie Valkenburg’s team!

HKU-Pasteur Research Pole is looking for a new Research Assistant to commence as soon as possible in Sophie Valkenburg's team, on a one-year temporary basis or two-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance.

Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree or above in medical sciences or a relevant discipline, with an established level of laboratory experience. They should have a good command of written and spoken English and Chinese, a strong sense of responsibility, the ability to work independently, and attention to details. Knowledge of human blood processing and experience in small animal handling and flow cytometry are highly preferred.
The appointee will carry out routine blood processing for a longitudinal study, provide technical support in the laboratory, and handle inventory record keeping. He/She will also perform day-to-day administrative duties and other duties as assigned. Enquiries about the duties of the post should be sent to sophiev@hku.hk.
A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. The appointment on fixed terms will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme totaling up to 10% of basic salary.
The University only accepts online application for the above post. Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V.  
Closes May 31, 2019.
Ref.: 495536
Work type: Full-time
Department: School of Public Health (22400)
Categories: Research Support Staff

12 Apr 2019

Sophie Valkenburg awarded at the ISIRV symposium in Italy

Sophie Valkenburg, research assistant professor at HKU-Pasteur, and team members Maireid Bull and Athena Li, attended the last symposium organized by the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases (Isirv) in Siena, Italy. 

The focus of this event that brought together key opinion leaders and decision makers in influenza research/policy was Immunological Assays and Correlates of Protection for Next Generation Influenza Vaccines:

"As next generation influenza vaccine technologies are developed and undergo clinical evaluation, new immunological assays and immune correlates of protection will be needed to estimate the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of these vaccines. This conference aims to bring together scientists from academia, industry, and government public health, standardisation and regulatory agencies that develop and evaluate seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines with the following objectives:
- to identify the most relevant immunological assays needed for evaluation of next-generation influenza vaccines
- to discuss the path forward for development, harmonization and standardization of new assays
- to develop strategies to investigate the immune correlates of protection for next-generation vaccines"
HKU-Pasteur had the opportunity to shine in Siena thanks to Sophie Valkenburg, who was awarded for her short talk entitled "Reduced antibody function correlates with influenza infection in a household model of transmission" and Maireid Bull and Athena Li presented their posters.