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Research Associate in Microbial Bioinformatics (fixed-term post)

University of Bath - Biology & Biochemistry

Location: Bath
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 per annum (grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 24th October 2021
Job Ref: CC8770

We are looking for a talented researcher to work in the Preston group and with Dr Lauren Cowley in the Milner Centre for Evolution and Department of Biology and Biochemistry at Bath.

The position is for 15 months and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust to develop approaches for analysing genotype-phenotype relationships among Bordetella pertussis. This position is largely bioinformatics-based.

You will have experience of bioinformatics analyses of bacterial genome sequence information, and preferably experience of characterising bacterial genome structural variants. You will have proficiency in the use of pipelines for genome sequence analysis, genome assembly, characterisation of variation among large genome sequence data sets. You will have proficiency in computer programming. Prior experience of bacterial GWAS is particularly welcomed.

The position requires working with a research technician who will lead the laboratory aspect of the project, and other group members working on distinct but related projects. You will receive supervision and guidance from Prof. Preston and Dr Cowley but will demonstrate the ability to develop the project with a degree of independence.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Andrew Preston (, however, please ensure that your application is submitted via the University website.

The successful applicant will be based in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry and part of a growing and dynamic Infection and Immunity group that provides substantial support and interactions. The department incorporates research groups from a wide range of disciplines, offering opportunities for multidisciplinary interactions. The department is home to an active post-doc group, providing liaison with management, support and social opportunities. In addition, the successful applicant will be a member of the Milner Centre for Evolution, a recent £10m investment into cross-faculty biology and health research at Bath with a strength in science education and outreach. The Milner Centre is home to world-leading expertise in microbial genomics, providing excellent networking with, and support from, other bioinformaticians.

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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