Assistant Professor in Microbial Pathogenesis

University of Nottingham

Life Sciences
Location:  University Park
Interview Date:  To be confirmed

The Clostridia Research Group (CRG) in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham is recruiting an Assistant Professor in Molecular, Microbial Pathogenesis.  We seek an outstanding early career scientist who will enhance and complement existing strengths in our broad-based interdisciplinary centre. The appointee will be expected to develop a competitively-funded research program on molecular aspects of microbial pathogens, preferably with a specific focus on Clostridium difficile.  Areas of research interest may include, but are not limited to, host-pathogen interactions, the microbiome, antibiotic resistance, endospore biology, synthetic biology and other related topics.  

The CRG is part of the new £14.3m BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) and the newly awarded £23.5M NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Unit which includes studies on GI disease.  The latter provides access to clinical samples and the opportunity to work closely with medics located with the adjacent Queens Medical Centre.  The SBRC is equipped with state of the art laboratories and instrumentation, included over ten anaerobic microbiological cabinets, high throughput robotic systems for automated DNA assembly/ transformation/ colony picking and phenotypic screening, substantial fermentation suites and analytical laboratories.  The activities within the SBRC provide the opportunity for the successful candidate, should they so wish, to be involved in more applied scientific research directed at industrial biotechnology.

The University of Nottingham is a global university with campuses in Nottingham UK, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the top 75 universities world-wide (QS Rankings) with a vibrant, cross-disciplinary research culture. It has strategic partner status with BBSRC and framework status with EPSRC and a comprehensive portfolio of Doctoral Training Programmes that span antibiotic resistance, biotechnology and sustainable chemistry.

During the first two years of the appointment teaching and administration burdens will be minimised to allow the role-holder to focus on securing new research income, submitting high quality publications, and kick-starting collaborative activities from within the SBRC. Once established, the role-holder will make a significant contribution to the School via administrative management and/or co-ordination of specific initiatives.

As part of the application process, please identify what you consider to be your best 4 papers to date.

Candidates should hold a PhD in molecular microbiology or a related subject.  They should have a strong publication record, experience of supervising undergraduate project work at University level, evidence of contributing to income generation and have a commitment to high-quality teaching.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Nigel Minton, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

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