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Research Associate (Molecular Biology of Obesity)

Coventry University - Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences (CSELS)

Location: Coventry
Salary: £32,243 to £40,802 3 Year Fixed Term Contract
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 9th November 2018
Closes: 23rd November 2018
Job Ref: REQ006464

Research within the Centre for Sports, Exercise & Life Sciences (CSELS) reflects a broad range of sport, exercise and biological associated sciences to understand life from the level of molecules through to the whole body. The Centre has considerable expertise, ranging from microbiology, cell biology, genomic and molecular biology, biochemistry, nutrition and food science, safety pharmacology, physiology, physical activity and sport performance.

As part of our research strategy, the Centre is looking to appoint a highly motivated post-doctoral Research Associate who will develop applications in the area of medical molecular microbiology, specifically relating to studying the composition of the active gut microbiota in response to physical exercises in relation to obesity. In particular, the project will involve the collection of faecal samples before and after physical exercises from obese and lean individuals based on their BMI for the phylogenetic analysis of the total bacterial microbiome v the active subgroup of bacteria of the gut.

This high profile biomedical project will provide the Research Associate with the opportunity to work with experts in molecular microbiology and sport science, but also the opportunity to apply technological expertise to an applied setting. The highly innovative aspects of the project will suit an applicant who wants to become a future leader in the biomedical sector. They will work under the supervision of three university academics as part of a team of researchers working in this area of research.

The candidate will have a PhD in an appropriate Life Science discipline, including molecular biology and applied microbiology or related field. Extensive experience in gene expression and application to microbial community for the extraction of total RNA/DNA is essential. Basic knowledge of molecular biology and microbiology techniques and knowledge of molecular cloning would also be beneficial.

The successful candidate will have advanced knowledge of research methods and techniques used in molecular biology and the application to microbial community for the extraction of nucleic acids. Other appreciated requirement include good project management skills, good practical laboratory knowledge and skills, record keeping and IT skills, organisational skills, and the ability to formally communicate knowledge and findings to academic, industry peers and colleagues.

This role provides a unique opportunity to join one of the UK’s most forward thinking and successful modern Universities at a time of rapid expansion in our research capacity. The position is for two years, in the first instance, and will be based in our new purpose-built research laboratories on the Coventry city campus.

To find out more about our work and to tell us more about how you can contribute, visit our website. For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dr Igor Morozov, PI or Dr Jason Tallis, co-PI (

Closing date: 23/11/18

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