Research Associate in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry

Job title Research Associate in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry

Department Chemistry

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Monday 06 July 2020

Closing date Wednesday 05 August 2020

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC7667


Applications are invited for a Research Associate to focus on understanding fate of antibiotics during wastewater treatment with the utilisation of hyphenated chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques. This position is part of the UKWIR National Chemical Investigations Programme focused on Antimicrobial Resistance. This project is designed to identify the key factors that the UK Water Industry needs to understand (and if necessary, manage) antimicrobial resistance (AMR) within wastewater treatment works.

Antimicrobial agents have revolutionised medical care in the twentieth century as they have contributed to a dramatic reduction in mortality from infectious disease. AMR, which is to some extent an inevitable consequence of antimicrobial use, jeopardises many of these successes. The continuous introduction of sub-inhibitory quantities of antimicrobial agents to the environment is believed to be directly linked with AMR. Unfortunately, there is little knowledge of mechanisms in the environment and influencing factors due to the multi-dimensional nature of the AMR problem.

You will work alongside researchers at Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to perform a suite of microbiological, genetic and chemical analyses to understand the processes that control the movement and fate of AMR through the wastewater treatment process

This position is available from September 2020 for a period of up to 16 months.

You will have, or expect to have very shortly, a PhD in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Sciences/Engineering, or equivalent experience, and expertise in environmental analysis.

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Prof Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern (, however, please ensure that your apply via the University website.

We value, promote and celebrate inclusion, challenging discrimination and putting equality, diversity and belonging at the heart of everything we do. We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups such as Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled people, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:
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