PhD Studentship in Molecular Microbiology and Quorum Sensing

University of Cambridge - Department of Biochemistry

A BBSRC-funded "Targeted" PhD studentship is available for a collaborative project in the labs of Professor George Salmond (Biochemistry) and Dr John Carr (Plant Sciences) from October 2017. The project will involve molecular biological, genetic and assorted 'omic analysis of the Gram-negative enterobacterial phytopathogens, Pectobacterium (Erwinia) and Dickeya, to investigate aspects of the genetic regulation, secretion and biological function of important toxins made by the pathogens. The successful student will acquire generically useful and specific skills in molecular microbiology, bacterial genetics and biochemistry, genomics, phage biology, molecular phytopathogenesis and 'omics technologies.

The student will complete two 10-week rotations initially, in the Salmond and Carr labs in Biochemistry and Plant Sciences. Thereafter, the student will be based largely in Biochemistry as a full member of the Departmental PhD mentorship, support and assessment programme, but with intermittent work in Plant Sciences, when appropriate. Full funding (university fees, maintenance, and lab consumables) is available for UK citizens or EEA students, the latter depending on UK residency requirements. In line with the Cambridge BBSRC-DTP regulations, the successful student will also take part in assorted DTP training and skills courses, and will engage in a three-month internship (PIPS).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 4 years.

Initially, interested candidates should send a full CV containing contact details for at least two academic referees to Professor George Salmond ( or Dr John Carr ( Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for interview in Cambridge.

Please quote reference PH10522 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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