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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join a project studying the molecular basis of interactions between microorganisms in microbial mats associated with hot springs, such as those in Yellowstone National Park, USA. The project is a collaboration between the laboratories of Arthur Grossman (Stanford), Devaki Bhaya (Stanford), Seppe Kuehn (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Alison Smith (Cambridge, UK) and ourselves, and is funded jointly by BBSRC and NSF.

Our section of the project will investigate bioelectrochemical interactions among photosynthetic community members. Overall, the project will include studies of community members in isolation and in their interactions with others, including analysis of how interactions change with environmental conditions, with a view to understanding, modelling and predicting how community structure and fitness are shaped by sharing resources such as light, nutrients and metabolites.

We are seeking someone with experience of both the bioelectrochemistry of microorganisms and the molecular biology and physiology of photosynthetic microorganisms, especially cyanobacteria. A broad understanding of bioinformatics is also likely to be valuable. The project is highly collaborative, and the successful candidate will need to be able to work as part of an international team, with regular videoconference meetings, and to analyse data and plan experiments collectively.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 28 months in the first instance.

Interviews will be held by Skype due to the current Covid-19 concerns and the start date will be in line with medical advice.

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