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Research Technician

University of Exeter - Technical Services (CLES)

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £21,686 on Grade D, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 10th November 2021
Job Ref: P78088

This new full time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until the 31st October 2022.

Summary of the role/position

This is a new full time job for a research technician to work jointly between the Living Systems Institute at the University of Exeter and the Defence science and technology laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down. The aim of this job is to investigate alternative antibiotic therapies against pathogenic bacteria that currently represent a health threat for our society.

In order to accomplish this ambitious aim, you will prepare and maintain cultures of bacteria including Escherichia coli, Burkholderia Thailandensis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Bacillus Thuringiensis and their bacteriophages. You will use these cultures to perform time-dependent optical density measurements of bacteria treated with one or multiple antibiotics and/or bacteriophages using a plate reader. You will also perform time-dependent fluorescence measurements of bacteria treated with one or multiple antibiotics and/or bacteriophages using a flow cytometer. You will also work closely with research fellows withing the EPSRC Hub for quantitative modelling in healthcare who will provide training to analyse these complex data sets.

These new data sets will inform the development of novel antibiotic therapies to threat bacterial pathogens. This job will provide you with a unique research experience across two leading UK Institutions at the forefront of microbial research and you will have the opportunity to receive high level training across disciplines including microbiology, phage biology and biophysics. This will provide a unique research environment not offered elsewhere in the UK. Therefore, this job will offer you a unique experience that will be paramount for your future career.  

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The University of Exeter is a proud supporter of the Technician Commitment, a charter focussing on the visibility, recognition and career development of our technical staff. For further information please see our website.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

Further information

Please contact Dr Stefano Pagliara, or (01392) 723171 

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