Research Associate - Microbial Contamination of Aviation Fuel Systems

University of Sheffield - Department of Animal & Plant Sciences

Fixed-Term with an immediate start date and an end date of 31st August 2020.

You will undertake research investigating the impact of microbial contamination in commercial aviation fuel systems as part of a large interdisciplinary project (FAST – Fuel Architecture Systems Technology). The position will suit a researcher with experience in molecular microbiology and biofilm formation. The project will explore how microbial biofilm formation is influenced by the surface properties of materials used in aviation systems and operational procedures (e.g. fuel type, additives, flight profiles) of the next generation of commercial aircraft. The successful candidate requires wide-ranging expertise in microbiology, bioinformatics, and with well-developed laboratory and analytical skills. You will carry full responsibility for the practical and analytical implementation of the project, and work closely with the other members of the research groups of Drs Thornton and Rolfe (University of Sheffield) and Dr Jesus Ojeda (Swansea University). The successful candidate will be involved in practical supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

You will have a PhD in a relevant biological subject (or equivalent experience) and experience in molecular analysis of complex microbial communities.

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