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Research Associate - Microbial Metagenomics (Fixed Term)

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join a team led by Prof Gordon Dougan FRS in the Department of Medicine.

Our work focuses on using whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and metagenomics to investigate the prevalence, transmission and spread of pathogens. This position offers an ideal opportunity for a researcher trained in microbiology and bioinformatics who would help drive collaborations with teams in Australia, USA, Indonesia and Fiji working on the Revitalisation in Informal Urban Settlements project (RISE) project. In this project, you would be using genomics to analyse the impact of innovative, low cost water management systems on microbial (pathogen) ecology in humans and their environments. Working from key field sites you will be involved in analysing the microbial populations living in and around people where water management systems are potentially compromised or need improvement. Using genomics you would assess the impact of interventions on the spread of potential pathogens between people and in the environment. Also linked with the the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, you will be part of a larger team working on host-pathogen interactions and antibiotic resistance.

You will have good theoretical and practical knowledge and experience of using microbiology and bioinformatics to study human and environmental ecosystems. Responsibilities will include carrying out microbiology and bioinformatics project work under the supervision of Prof Gordon Dougan. This will include bacterial culture and identification, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, DNA extraction, data entry, preparing reagents, DNA library prep, sequencing and informatics analysis.

Informal enquiries should be made to Ms Nitasha Mutreja, email

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years 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 a covering letter and CV 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.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date for applications is the 4th April 2018 with interviews yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference RC14979 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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