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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science and Engineering

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 Grade UE07 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th May 2022
Closes: 15th July 2022
Job Ref: 4185
 

Closing date Friday 15th July 2022 @ 5pm.

Fixed term (15 months)

The Opportunity:

Prokaryotic growth can be modulated in different ways, including temperature, antibiotics, toxins, nutrients, and osmolarity. While the effects of nutrients have been extensively characterized, a common modulation of bacterial growth occurs in response to changes in external osmolarity, and it remains poorly understood. We hypothesize that the osmotically induced growth slowdown can be explained by examining several physiological variables and the successful applicant will measure them using both single-cell microscopy and microbiology population assays. She/he will integrate the results with a mathematical model as well. The post holder will also have the opportunity to investigate long term survival of bacterial cells at high osmolarities.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Expertise in bacterial physiology
  • Expertise in customized software development for image and data analysis
  • Good understanding of optics and microscopy
  • Programming skills in Matlab/Phyton or similar basic microbiology techniques
  • Capable of working independently, but in synergy with the rest of the group
  • Find interdisciplinary environment both challenging and motivating

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.  

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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