Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Biosciences

Experimental microbial ecology and evolution.

This new full- time ERC funded post is available from 1st October 2017 on a fixed term basis of up to 3 years.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in an exciting interdisciplinary project in the group of Professor Ivana Gudelj. The successful applicant will contribute towards research related to the project entitled “The Evolution of Competition and Cooperation: how polymorphisms in microbial populations optimise virulence and mediate drug resistance”.

This project will employ a combination of mathematical modelling (post advertised separately) and experimental microbial ecology/evolution to address the following challenge: Antibiotics can perturb the composition from susceptible to resistant species but how is this shift mediated by resource utilisation strategies? Our research will consider laboratory communities of devastating human fungal pathogens that kill more people than tuberculosis, malaria or breast cancer, focusing on Candida species. We will quantify how microbial community composition is determined by the metabolism, genetics and physiology of individual players, establishing principles by which microbial composition affects antimicrobial resistance.

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be working in the field of experimental microbial ecology/evolution and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The project requires a mix of skills including evolutionary biology, microbiology and molecular biology laboratory techniques, experimental design and statistics, and analysis of next generation sequence data. The successful candidate should also be able to communicate effectively with individuals from a wide range of disciplines and be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

What we can offer

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P57895 in any correspondence.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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