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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate starting from 1st August 2017.

The successful candidate will join Professor Ian Goodfellow's research group and investigate the fate and infectivity of human pathogenic viruses in the marine environment.

We are looking for an individual to work on the project entitled "New approaches for the quantitative detection of human pathogenic viruses within the freshwater-marine continuum", funded by the Natural Environment Research Council under the Environment and Human Health Programme. This is a collaborative project with Bangor University, the University of Cambridge and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Further details on the collaborative project can be found at:

This post would also suit a newly qualified post-doctoral research associate or someone who expects to obtain their PhD shortly with a strong background in virology or environmental microbiology. Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, they will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that they will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of their PhD). Other duties/responsibilities are outlined in the Further Information document.

The post-holder should be highly motivated, and have the ability to plan and conduct high quality experimental work within a multidisciplinary team. The ideal candidate should have a background in environmental microbiology, with some cell culture and virology experience. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem solving skills are required. The duties/responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives, writing up work for presentation and publication, assisting in the supervision of student research projects, and delivering seminars and occasional lectures as outlined on the Further Information Document.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 May 2018 in the first instance, with a possible extension until the end of December 2018 (pending approval).

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

Applicants should provide a CV, the filename of which should be "CV-followed by your name", including contact details of two or more referees, and a covering letter addressing the selection criteria.

The deadline for applications is 7th July 2017. Informal enquires regarding this position may be made to Prof. Ian Goodfellow, General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940.

Please quote reference PK12400 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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