Research Associate in Molecular Microbiology

University College London - Department of Infection and Immunity

A post is available for a Research Associate in Molecular Microbiology to work in the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Mucosal Pathogens. This is an exciting new translational programme within UCL's Global Health Grand Challenges, addressing limitations in the long-term effectiveness of existing vaccines through new approaches to interrupting pathogen carriage/transmission in lower and middle income countries (LMICs). Directed by Professor Robert Heyderman and co-directed by Professor David Goldblatt, the MPRU will focus on mucosal pathogens causing pneumonia, meningitis and neonatal sepsis which account for >2 million deaths each year globally and are associated with substantive disability. The post holder will develop and deliver the core projects within the MPRU; refining and validating novel genomic and transcriptomic methodologies to assess the colonization and transmission of mucosal pathogens; using microbiome analysis to better understand the influence of pneumococcal and meningococcal vaccines on the carriage of mucosal pathogens and also the assembly, curation and analysis of bacterial WGS and DNA Microarray datasets. The post is funded for three years in the first instance.

A PhD (or equivalent degree) or about to submit in a relevant subject is required; in-depth knowledge and experience of molecular microbiology as is the experience of assembly, curation and analysis of bacterial WGS datasets. In addition a sound understanding of Health and Safety issues and a good working knowledge of data management and presentation software applications is required. There should also be a willingness to travel abroad. Note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316 - £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of the final PhD thesis submission.

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

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy Isabel Lubeiro - email i.lubeiro@ucl.ac.uk , tel: 020 3108 2118.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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