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Research Associate

University of Bristol - Earth Sciences

Location: Bristol
Salary: £35,333 to £39,745 Per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th December 2022
Closes: 8th January 2023
Job Ref: ACAD106510

The role

You will join a rapidly growing team focused on Environmental Mineralogy and Geomicrobiology within the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. Using a suite of analytical methods (e.g. Moessbauer, electron microscopy etc.) you will undertake cutting edge research to develop fundamental understanding of how bacteria can be used to produce functionalised nanoparticles from waste.

What will you be doing?

  • Culturing bacteria and biomineralization of magnetic nanoparticles
  • Using XPS, XRD and electron microscopy to study mineralogy
  • Analysing, interpreting, and writing up results in manuscripts and presenting at conferences
  • Contribute to group discussions
  • Help maintain a smooth running laboratory
  • Help with student supervision (PhD, MSc, BSc)

You should apply if

Demonstrated experience in microbial cultivation. Familiar and comfortable working with quantitative techniques (e.g., UV/Vis spectrophotometry, ICP-OES or equivalent) as well as firm understanding of analytical techniques (e.g. XRD, Moessbauer spectroscopy, Raman, FTIR or similar). You will be working in a shared biogeochemistry laboratories and will need excellent organisational skills, with the ability to deal with and prioritise a range of ongoing tasks. You will need to be able to review as well as advise on complex procedures and consistently maintain a high level of accuracy and precision in all areas of work. You should have a PhD in geomicrobiology/geochemistry/nanotechnology or related subject or working towards one.

Additional information

For informal enquiries, contact: James Byrne/james.byrne@bristol.ac.uk

The University of Bristol aims to be a place where everyone feels able to be themselves and do their best in an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. We want to attract, develop, and retain individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives – particularly people of colour, LGBT+ and disabled people - because diversity of people and ideas remains integral to our excellence as a global civic institution.

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