Research Fellow

The University of Edinburgh

An exciting opportunity is available in the laboratories of Dr. Adrian Muwonge and Professor Nick Sparks to work on the microbiomes of the gut and lung.

Ongoing studies range from deciphering the fundamental dynamics behind antimicrobial resistance generation and dissemination at the human-animal interface through to understanding the interactions between the host, host nutrition and the gut microbiome of birds. Current work includes studies of the gut microbiome of human and pigs as well as projects aimed at understanding the impact of TB treatment on the lung microbiome and mapping the nasopharygeal microbiome of BRD infected calves.

The post will involve optimizing laboratory protocol for metagenomic nanopore sequencing, bioinformatics pipeline optimization, analysis using PCR, qPCR and Next Generation Sequencing as well as the design and delivery of in vivo studies. You will have freedom to explore your own questions and will be expected to support PhD students as well as take a lead role in the preparation of grant submissions and research papers writing.

You will have a PhD (or PhD near completion) in a relevant area, with focus on the microbiome and metatgenomics, be experienced in molecular microbial community dynamics, and be familiar with managing, analyzing and interpreting metagenomic data, Ideally the successful applicant will have experience of Linux-type servers (know how of bash/awk scripting) with knowledge of programming languages (e.g. Python, Perl, R). A veterinary or animal biosciences background, and familiarity with livestock systems and animal models and the ability to use statistical techniques would be an advantage. You will be highly motivated and will be able to work effectively as part of a team and, when required, independently.

This position is available immediately for 3 years with the possibility of extension.

For more information and to submit an application, please use the ‘apply’ button below.

Closing date: 03rd January 2018 at 5pm

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