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Research Associate or Research Fellow in Computational Biology and Metabolic Modelling of Microbial signals (KA)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016261

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/02/2021

Salary: Research Associate £32,816 to £40,322 per annum or Research Fellow £41,526 to £51,034 per annum according to relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Chemistry

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: 2 years

Applications are invited for a Research Associate or Research Fellow to work on the NSF/UKRI-funded project “Reverse engineering the soil microbiome: detecting, modelling, and optimizing signal impacts on microbiome metabolic functions” based within the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. This project involves two institutions, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, US, and the University of Manchester, UK, with a total of 5 academic partners. The aim of this project is to provide fundamental insights into the roles of signals in mediating the ecology of soil microbes and suppression of plant diseases. This work establishes a foundation for engineering functional soil microbiomes for precision agriculture.

You will have skills in computational biology, aligned with the requirements of synthetic biology and systems biology. The appointee will join a team of researchers in this project, in particular another (experimental) PDRA and a technician based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. A strong commitment to team-based work is required, with strong background in bioinformatics, metabolic modelling, and metabolomics data analysis. This project will be supervised by Professor Rainer Breitling.

You will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Computational Biology / Bioinformatics / Systems Biology / Chemical Engineering (or a related subject area), and have technical skills in computer programming, postgenomic data analysis, statistics, and systems biology.

The post will be available from 16 February 2021 until 14 January 2023 and is a full time position.  

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Professor Rainer Breitling 

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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