Research Associate in Microbiology (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate in Microbiology (Fixed Term)

Department Biology & Biochemistry

Salary Starting from £33,199, rising to £39,609

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Monday 05 August 2019

Closing date Thursday 05 September 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC6980

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The department of Biology & Biochemistry are seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual to work with us on a project around urethral catheterisation and conduct laboratory work, assist with data analysis, and contribute to publication of study findings.

Urethral catheterisation is commonly used to manage a range of conditions in older people, but blockage is a common complication that has serious consequences for patient health. Blockage is mainly due to infection by Proteus mirabilis which forms extensive crystalline biofilms on catheter surfaces. Blockage can occur rapidly and without warning, often leading to pyelonephritis, septicaemia and shock. Currently all available catheter types are vulnerable to encrustation by P. mirabilis, and there is no reliable way to predict or prevent blockage. The aim of this project is to build upon our recent research in this area to develop an encrustation-resistant “theranostic” coating for urethral catheters.

Suitable candidates will hold a PhD in a relevant subject area, preferably microbiology or a subject with a major component of biology and/or molecular biology. Candidates with qualifications in related disciplines such as chemistry who have gained relevant experience in microbiology are also encouraged to apply.

Experience in standard microbiology techniques is essential, with experience in basic molecular biology techniques desirable. Experience in preparing and facilitating the publication of research findings is also required. You will also be required to contribute to the general day-to-day running of the laboratory and the supervision of research students.

Work will be conducted in the laboratory of Dr Brian Jones, and associated laboratories within the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath.

This role is offered on a full time (36.5 hour / 1.0 FTE), fixed term contract for up to 24 months.

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