Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Veterinary Medicine

West Cambridge Site

Limit of Tenure: From 1st June 2018 (or earlier) to 31st March 2022

Applications are invited for this postdoctoral position, funded by BBSRC, on a project aiming to i) obtain a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms underlying survival of Campylobacter jejuni in the food chain, and ii) explore interventions that limit the survival of C. jejuni in the food chain.

The main focus of the research at the University of Cambridge, led by Dr Andrew Grant, is to carry out detailed molecular biology to identify the mechanisms required by C. jejuni to survive and grow in the environment and the food-chain. The work also involves bacterial genetics to identify the genes responsible for changes in survival and/or growth after exposure to food-chain relevant stressors through whole genome sequencing of Campylobacter isolates. The role of selected genes will be confirmed by the construction and characterisation of defined mutants and complemented strains and testing of these in in vitro assays.

Applicants should have a PhD, in Bacteriology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or a related discipline, and should have experience in the field of bacterial infectious disease research. Expertise in molecular biology is required and experience of transposon mutagenesis screens (TraDIS/TnSeq) and next generation sequencing is highly desirable. The candidate must value teamwork and collaboration, have good administrative and interpersonal skills, and high computer literacy especially in relation to the analysis of DNA sequences and the use of bioinformatics software.

Closing date 30 April 2018

Interviews will be held on 22 May 2018

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Andrew Grant (

Applicants should submit a CHRIS/6, CV, covering letter outlining suitability for the role and contact details for two references.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Further particulars for the role and information about the Department

Please quote reference PP15186 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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