Research Associate in Host-Pathogen Interactions

University College London - UCL Division of Medicine

The successful candidate would be joining a research team headed by Dr Jennifer Rohn, Principal Research Associate and head of the Chronic Urinary Tract Infection group within UCL’s Centre for Nephrology, conducting exciting projects on host-pathogen interactions in chronic and recurrent UTI. The lab works at the multidisciplinary interface between basic cell biology, clinical research, biotechnology and engineering to develop better treatments and diagnostics for this serious global health problem, with a strong “bedside to bench and bench back to bedside” ethos. Current lab interests focus on bacterial invasion and reservoirs, biofilms, antibiotic resistance, human tissue organoid models, innate immunity, and novel nano- and micro-capsule-based local treatment strategies – one of which has attracted Series A industrial funding towards pre-clinical and clinical trials. The post-holder will be required to contribute to research aimed at elucidating host pathways hijacked by patient-derived uropathogenic bacteria. The role will include running relevant experiments, recording, analysing, presenting and writing up results, as well as occasionally supervising junior members of the team, liaising with external collaborators, and working closely with other researchers doing related projects within the team.

Funding is available for four years in the first instance.

With a PhD in an area related to cell/molecular biology or allied life sciences, the successful candidate will have experience of producing high quality academic research using appropriate methods. Experience in cell culture techniques is essential, whilst experience working with bacteria and host-pathogen interactions in any system is desirable.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the 'Apply Now' button below.

For an informal discussion about the post or please contact Dr Jennifer Rohn Questions regarding the application process should be addressed to:

Closing Date: 2 July 2017

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