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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Biosciences

Location: Birmingham, Hybrid
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 per annum, with potential progression once in post to £46,974. Grade: 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th February 2024
Closes: 25th February 2024
Job Ref: 103301

Travel and international travel will be required for this role. 

This is an opportunity to join an exciting project developing novel sequencing approaches for genomic surveillance from wastewater. The role will be primarily working with collaborators to support wastewater surveillance for a range of priority pathogens. The Quick lab at the University of Birmingham has an extensive track record in developing protocols for genomic surveillance.

Role Summary

Project specific:

  • Coordinate with other project sites including NICD in South Africa and Scripps Research in USA. Travel to these sites for meetings, workshops and/or conferences.
  • Oversee the development of amplicon panels for a number of priority vial and bacterial pathogens, development, validation and training.
  • Data analysis particularly of amplicon data generated using Oxford Nanopore and Illumina sequencing instruments.
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters.
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research.
  • Develop novel molecular biology methods for amplicon sequencing and DNA sequence library construction.
  • Contribute to training activities including workshops and writing protocols.

Person Specification

  • First degree in area of specialism and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquiries to Joshua Quick, email: j.quick@bham.ac.uk

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the 'Apply' button above.

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