Research Technician (part-time, fixed-term post)

Job title Research Technician (part-time, fixed-term post)

Department Biology & Biochemistry

Salary Starting from £22,417, rising to £25,941 pro rata

Grade Grade 5

Placed on Thursday 29 April 2021

Closing date Thursday 13 May 2021

Interview date Tuesday 25 May 2021

Reference CC8241

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We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Biology & Biochemistry for someone with a passion for experimental biology looking to use their skills in molecular microbiology to make an impact on fundamental evolutionary research. 

You will be part of a highly collaborative team conducting internationally recognised research in the laboratory of Dr Tiffany Taylor. Broadly, we use experimental evolution combined with molecular techniques to explore fundamental questions in evolutionary biology, such as the evolution of gene regulatory networks and drivers of parallel evolution. The main project you will work on aims to establish a bacterial model system that will empirically test key components impacting the predictability of evolution.

You will have a good degree in a relevant scientific discipline eg BSc in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology, biomedical sciences or other appropriate discipline. Research experience in microbiology and/or molecular biology is an advantage. You will also be required to contribute to the general day-to-day running of the lab, and may be asked to provide support on other projects. Your primary role will be to maintain experimental bacterial lines, perform phenotypic (e.g. growth, motility assays) and genetic (e.g. PCR and cloning) analyses, and establish an innovative FACS machine sorting method for identifying target mutants. You will be organised, adaptable, and keen to learn.

The Taylor group is embedded within the Infection and Immunity research theme and the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath. This position provides the opportunity to develop a range of laboratory skills, working in a multidisciplinary research environment in well equipped labs. The infection and immunity laboratory at Bath provides a vibrant research environment, with graduate research students and postdocs.

This is a part-time position (0.5 fte) ideally spread across Monday to Friday, for up to 3 years.

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Dr Tiffany Taylor ( in the first instance, but all applications must be made via the University website.

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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