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Research Associate in Evolutionary Microbiology

University of Sheffield - Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £30,688 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th August 2018
Closes: 24th August 2018
Job Ref: UOS019984

Fixed-term until 31 January 2021.

We wish to recruit a postdoctoral researcher in experimental evolution to work on a NERC-funded project into the dynamics of horizontal gene transfer in soil bacterial communities. You will have experience of experimental evolution research.

The role requires the design and construction of bacterial and plasmid strains, RNAseq transcriptome analysis of strains, large-scale competition experiments, development of automated flow cytometry assays, mathematical modelling, design and performance of largescale long-term experimental evolution, whole genome sequencing of evolved clones, statistical and bioinformatics analysis, and experiments to determine changes in fitness. Key mutations will be reconstructed in the ancestral bacterial genome to determine their effect on bacterial phenotype and fitness. You will perform the experimental work together with the research technician, analyse the data and write manuscripts for publication, present findings at international conferences, and liaise with the researchers at the other collaborating universities to coordinate research activity across sites.

You will hold a PhD in evolutionary microbiology, or have equivalent experience. You will have demonstrable experience of experimental evolution research and expertise in molecular microbiology techniques.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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