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Research Assistant in "Human Pathogens in the Environment"

University of Stirling - Biological and Environmental Sciences

Location: Stirling
Salary: £27,929 to £34,308 Grade 6, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th September 2022
Closes: 17th October 2022
Job Ref: FAC01635

Location: Stirling Campus    

Contract Type: Fixed term for 24 months                    

Working Pattern: Full time               
                                                   
Closing date: 17/10/2022                      

The Post

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant (RA) position to work on “Human Pathogens in the Environment” We are seeking a highly motivated individual specialising in environmental science, environmental microbiology and/or mosquito vector ecology. The successful candidate will be based in Stirling and become part of a wider interdisciplinary team aiming to understand the persistence, survival, and cycling of human pathogens in the environment. Our research projects focus on quantifying the effects of pollution and climate change for increasing the routes of exposure to pathogens in the environment. The successful candidate will also join the teams of two of our current research projects (Plastic Vectors Project and the SPACES Project), which are quantifying human pathogens on the surfaces of plastic pollution and the increased habitat provision provided by plastics in the environment for medically important species of mosquitoes.

The appointee for this post will work closely with post-doctoral researchers and PhD students to conduct a range of manipulative lab and field experiments in Stirling in highly controlled conditions. The successful candidate will also carry out extensive field work sampling and surveillance at a range of field sites, including coastal waters and sandy beaches, freshwater rivers and lakes, and agronomic field sites. In addition, the position will also involve some research on the interaction of mosquito larvae with microplastics within the context of wider mosquito ecology.

The appointee will become embedded within a thriving research environment at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES), with more than 40 principal investigators, alongside postdoctoral researchers and 60 PhD students.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Richard Quilliam, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences (richard.quilliam@stir.ac.uk).

Description of Duties

  • Develop microcosm systems to quantify human pathogen persistence in a range of environmental conditions
  • Use molecular and culture-dependent approaches to quantify concentrations of human bacterial and fungal pathogens in environmental samples
  • Contribute to the intellectual development of research projects, including analysing data

Essential Criteria

  • BSc and/or MSc in a relevant discipline, such as, microbiology, biology, molecular biology, biological or environmental sciences
  • Extensive experience of using aseptic technique and microbiological techniques
  • Experience in culturing bacteria and/or fungi

For further information, including a full description of duties, essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see Vacancy details | About | University of Stirling

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