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Research Associate

University of Birmingham - Institute of Microbiology and Infection, College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,396 to £33,966 with potential progression once in post to £38,205. Grade: 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th February 2024
Closes: 21st March 2024
Job Ref: 103361

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,396 to £33,966 with potential progression once in post to £38,205. Grade: 6

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to July 2026 

This exciting opportunity is within the Institute of Microbiology and Infection (IMI) at the University of Birmingham, where the Hall Lab is at the forefront of microbiome research. The Hall Lab's focus lies in elucidating the intricate dynamics of the gut microbiota, with a particular emphasis on the critical early life developmental window. The lab's mission is to advance our understanding of how early life microbes contribute to health, thereby paving the way for innovative interventions.

As a Research Associate in the Hall Lab, you will play a crucial role in supporting microbiome research initiatives aimed at enhancing our understanding of the role of early life microbes in promoting health. Operating within the specified research grants and projects, you will utilise your expertise in microbiology and molecular techniques to contribute to ground-breaking research outcomes. Your main responsibilities will include conducting microbiological experiments, performing DNA extraction and next-generation sequencing (NGS), carrying out microbiome studies, and potentially contributing to bioinformatics analysis.

Main Responsibilities

  • Conduct microbiological studies, including bacterial isolation, culturing, growth curves, and molecular characterisation.
  • Perform DNA extraction and NGS library set-ups, and conduct microbiome studies such as co-culture and batch culture experiments.
  • Curate clinical samples, organise sample databases, and identify suitable samples for downstream experiments.
  • Analyse research data, contribute to publications, and present research findings at seminars and conferences.
  • Provide guidance and support to team members and students involved in research projects.
  • Address problems affecting research objectives and deadlines, and carry out related administrative tasks.
  • Uphold health and safety policies, promote equality and diversity, and maintain confidentiality.

Person Specification

  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area (e.g., biomedical sciences, microbiology).
  • Experience in biomedical laboratory/industry-based research.
  • Expertise in microbiology, including isolations, culturing, molecular work, and anaerobic microbiology.
  • Proficiency in microbial co-culture studies, including model colon experimental setups.
  • Desirable experience in bioinformatics, particularly microbial genomic studies.
  • Knowledge or experience in mammalian cell culture.
  • Strong attention to detail, initiative, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work effectively within a research team.
  • Eagerness to learn, innovate, and step out of one's comfort zone.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and willingness to undergo necessary training.
  • Familiarity with health and safety policies, risk assessments, and compliance.
  • Understanding of the Equality Act 2010 and commitment to promoting equality and diversity.
  • Positive representation of self and the University, promoting international reputation and public engagement.

Informal enquiries to Prof Lindsay Hall (l.hall.3@bham.ac.uk)

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

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