Full time (36.5 hours per week) Fixed term contract for 24 months initially with the possibility of an extension up to 36 months.
Funding is available on FA6 for a Research Fellow for 24 months initially, with the possibility of an extension up to 36 months dependent on the work remaining and available funding; any such extension might have to be shortened up to a max 33 months dependent on the starting salary of the successful candidate.
We are looking to develop a strong team of postdoctoral scientists to work on a project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation within the research group of Orkun Soyer. In this project, we aim to understand the relations between spatial organization and metabolic interactions among microorganisms found in aquatic environments.
Using phototrophic granules and biologically generated mineral nodules from freshwater and marine environments as our model systems, we will combine approaches from microbial physiology, biophysics, and microfluidics to quantify and model spatial organization and metabolic interactions within these systems.
We have already recruited one postdoctoral researcher with microbiology background and are now looking to hire a postdoctoral research assistant with complementary skills in biophysics, chemistry, physics, or systems biology. The successful candidate will work on studying metabolism-spatial organisation feedback in natural and synthetic communities composed of species found in the above-mentioned systems.
This will entail tracking spatial organisation and metabolic interactions using tools such as fluorescent microscopy, microfluidics, microprobes, and metabolomics. The ideal candidate should have a background in microbial physiology, biophysics (soft matter), analytical chemistry, or related fields. S/he should be familiar with some of the complementary techniques expected to be used in this project, and as listed above.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942 pa).
Undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of the project.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint research.
Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.
To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the result of research to other reputable outlets.
Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.
May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.
May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups.
May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other bodies.
Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature.
Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.
Teaching and Learning Support
Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the department.
Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.
May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of projects.
Administration and Other Activities
May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.
Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
Work within budget constraints.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties.