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Senior Research Associate

University of East Anglia - School of Environmental Sciences

Location: Norwich
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th February 2020
Closes: 20th March 2020
Job Ref: RA1747

UEA has some of the most innovative and highly regarded centres for research in the UK. Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate to undertake research under the supervision of Professor Colin Murrell in order to study the role of facultative methanotrophs in the cycling of natural gas” a project funded through a Leverhulme Trust Grant.

The successful applicant will work on a current three year research project entitled “The role of facultative methanotrophs in the cycling of natural gas” which is funded through a Leverhulme Trust Grant awarded to the PI, Professor Colin Murrell, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. In this project we will test the hypothesis that facultative methanotrophs such as Methylocella are prevalent in natural gas seep environments and that they play a major role in biogeochemical cycling of the major components of natural gas such as methane, ethane and propane.

The successful applicant will examine the distribution, diversity and activity of the facultative methanotroph Methylocella in environments where thermogenic natural gas is abundant eg natural gas seeps, oil and gas wells; groundwater, marine methane seeps using cultivation-independent DNA-based molecular techniques, DNA stable isotope probing and metagenomics.

The research will be based at the University of East Anglia in the School of Environmental Sciences.

A PhD (or about to obtain) in Environmental Microbiology with significant research experience in molecular microbial ecology techniques, metagenomics and bioinformatics. You should also have excellent oral and written communication skills, and experience of presenting and writing-up research results for publication in peer-viewed books, conferences and/or journal; and be able to meet all the essential criteria set out in the Person Specification.

The successful applicant will join a large, vibrant and productive research group studying the microbial consumption of trace gases and using cutting edge molecular and environmental microbiology techniques to understand the role that microbes play in biogeochemical cycling of these compounds and how these processes are regulated.

This full time post is for a fixed term of up to 4.5 months and must commence on 1 May 2020.

Closing date: 20 March 2020.

The University is a Silver Athena Swan Award holder.

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