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Research Technician Characterising Tick Microbiomes

University of Liverpool - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences - Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences - Department of Infection Biology and Microbiomes

Location: Liverpool
Salary: £32,333 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024
Job Ref: 070308

This is an exciting opportunity for a research technician with an excellent track record in molecular biology to contribute to the development of recommendations for sustainable tick and tick-borne disease control in Botswana, as part of the BBSRC-funded project “Revolutionising ticks and tick-borne pathogen control”. You will form part of a team of academics, postdoctoral fellows and technical staff that is focused on delivering high-quality data and mathematical models to inform the response to emerging veterinary parasitic disease threats and the impacts of global change on disease risk worldwide. You will work with Dr Hannah Rose Vineer within the Veterinary Parasitology research group, which sits within the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences’ (IIVES) Department of Infection Biology & Microbiomes. You will also work with colleagues at the Centre for Genomic Research (led by project partner Professor Al Darby), and colleagues at the Okavango Research Institute and Botswana International University of Science and Technology.

The main duties include characterising African tick microbiomes (symbiome + pathobiome) by morphological ID of ticks and preparing samples for metabarcoding, with opportunities to expand your bioinformatics and statistical skillset through further analysis of the output. You will also be responsible for liaising with project partners to meet project milestones, contributing to publications and conferences, and contributing to wider Veterinary Parasitology research group activities. You should be educated to BTEC Higher level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. The post is available from 1st February 2023 until 31st January 2026.

For full details and to apply online, please visit: recruit.liverpool.ac.uk

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