Research Assistant/Associate (Thinking Soils) - D95546R2

Newcastle University - Computing

Salary: £27,285 to £28,936 per annum (PhD near completion) or £29,799 to £38,833 per annum (PhD Awarded)

Closing date: 22 Match 2018

This role offers the opportunity to work on a ground-breaking project which links Synthetic Biology to Civil engineering. This 36-month project will develop an engineered strain of bacteria, capable for reporting on mechanical changes in their environment.

Imagine a hydrogel (jelly) containing billions of engineered bacteria. A weight is placed on top of the jelly and, as it is loaded the bacteria in the material sense the mechanical changes in their environment and begin to induce mineral crystals to form. As they make this material the jelly stiffens and strengthens to resist the load. By the end of this project we will be able to demonstrate this principle creating an entirely novel living material. We are working with project partners from across industry and academia to develop this proof of concept and to investigate the broad applications of such a technology to, for example, create selfconstructing building foundations and make large scale structures where it is very difficult to build using traditional buildings and materials.

You should have a PhD awarded (or near completion of a PhD) in a relevant area of bacterial genetics and specific knowledge of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli. You should also have substantial knowledge of microbiological techniques and safety and extensive knowledge of current techniques for bacterial genetic manipulation.

The post is fixed term until 31 October 2020.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof Anil Wipat,

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The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers. We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

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