Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

University of Lincoln - College of Science - School of Life Sciences

Campylobacter is responsible for 14% of all human diarrheal cases worldwide, with over 280,000 food poisoning cases in the UK per year and around 100 deaths. It costs the economy more than £580m per year, much of this imposed on the NHS. It is an extremely serious issue. Given the social impacts, defeating Campylobacter is a clear industry and government policy aim, any techniques which reduces the impact of this disease will underpin both the economic and social sustainability and food security of consumers. This project is part of a larger programme funded by BBSRC and Innovate UK.

The successful candidate will conduct and develop methods to evaluate bacterial community ecology and population genomics with Illumina DNA sequence data. You will analyse: hundreds of sets of 16S rDNA amplicon sequences; hundreds of pooled whole genome sequences of Campylobacter; and, thousands of individual Campylobacter whole genome sequences. The aim of this work is to evaluate land-scape scale patterns (i.e. patterns in space and time) for both entire bacterial communities and populations and strains of Campylobacter. You will have a good background in the population genetics and community ecology of bacteria, especially using molecular data, and especially have experience with bacterial metagenomics and population genomics. You should demonstrate excellent theoretical, statistical, analytical genetic and computational skills. This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 2 years.

The University of Lincoln is a forward-thinking, ambitious institution and you will be working in the heart of a thriving, beautiful, safe and friendly city. The School provides a stimulating environment for academic research, and is based in high quality, newly developed facilities.

Informal enquires can be addressed to Prof Matthew Goddard at

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As an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder we are committed to advancing gender equality in STEM, therefore female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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