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Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Environmental Microbiology (AMR)

Cranfield University - School of Water, Energy and Environment - Water/Centre for Water, Environment and Development

Location: Cranfield
Salary: £34,450 to £37,337 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 21st January 2024
Job Ref: 4696

Fixed Term Contract

Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD)

  • Full time starting salary is normally £34,450 per annum

Research Fellow (if PhD obtained)

  • Full time starting salary is normally £37,337 per annum

We welcome applications from passionate, skilled and committed individuals to join our team working on Nature-based Solution (NbS) for water and wastewater treatment.

About the Role

This is a project funded by the UK Research Council EPSRC, titled "Engineering Nature-based Solutions to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance." You will conduct field samplings in four treatment wetlands operated by UK water utilities. Molecular biological methods (including qPCR, RT-qPCR, and metagenomics) will be used to characterise microbial community composition and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in water, sediment, and plant samples. Additionally, a lab-scale experiment will be conducted to explore a novel wetland technology as a nature-based solution to mitigate AMR proliferation during wastewater treatment. You will also undertake an academic visit to our partner in Ireland and attend an international conference to disseminate the research findings.    

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level, or close to completion, in a relevant subject such as Environmental Engineering or Microbiology. It is essential that your demonstrated skills in environmental microbiology, such as DNA extraction and sequencing and qPCR analysis, will have been learnt through a recognised course and research experience. Your knowledge on AMR monitoring and data analysis will have been demonstrated through publications, report or research projects. It is desirable that you will have experience in working with water and wastewater treatment, particularly in constructed wetlands or other biological treatment technologies. You will have excellent communication skills as this role will require you to collaborate with the existing staff working in university and coordinate the international collaborations with academic partners from Ireland and Denmark.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply                                    

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Lyu, (E): t.lyu@cranfield.ac.uk

Apply online now by clicking the 'Apply' button above. Contact us for further details on E: hrrecruitment@cranfield.ac.uk. Please quote reference number 4696.

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