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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant £25,298.00 - £29,301.00

Research Associate £29,301.00 - £38,183.00

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Research Associate position in bacterial genomic epidemiology to start from 1 May 2017 or as soon as possible after this date, funded by the Medical Research Council through a Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance international consortium project aiming to understand the transmission of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at the genome, bacterium, national and international levels. This research is highly topical and relevant to both human and animal health. The work will be conducted within a One Health framework, consistent with research recommended by several international policy reviews, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, and the World Health Organization.

The focus of the research is on extended-spectrum cephalosporin (ESC) resistance in Enterobacteriaceae, comparing bacteria, host populations (humans and domestic animals) and countries. Collaborators providing data are from Canada, France and Germany. A suite of quantitative approaches will be used, including epidemiological, phylodynamic and bioinformatics methods, analysing whole genome sequences. This post will be based in Cambridge led by Dr Alison Mather and Professor James Wood, with opportunities to visit the other consortium partners.

Applicants will have a PhD (or have submitted a PhD) in epidemiology, computational biology or a related quantitative discipline, and experience working with next generation sequencing data. Desirable skills will be experience in mathematical modelling and programming skills in Unix, python and R. The candidate must value teamwork and collaboration, be able to work independently, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Some of the main duties will include:

  • Selection of isolates for whole genome sequencing (WGS) from bacterial collections held by collaborators

  • Epidemiological analysis of bacterial collections

  • Analysis of WGS data to assess transmission and evolution of bacteria and AMR

A full detailed description of the key responsibilities is available in the further particulars file.

Where a PhD award is pending (e.g, the thesis has been submitted but has not yet been examined), an appointment will be made as a Research Assistant and amended to Research Associate when the PhD is awarded.

For informal enquires please contact: Natalie Wills

To submit an application for this vacancy, please visit the vacancy pages on the following website: Further particulars for the role and information about the Department

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 23 April 2020 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application

Closing date: 17 April 2017

Interviews will be held on 5 May 2017

Please quote reference PP11624 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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