Fungal diseases kill more people annually than TB or malaria but are very poorly understood and resistance to frontline antifungal agents is a growing public health concern due to extensive fungicide use in agriculture. Manchester hosts the largest centre in the world for research and treatment of fungal respiratory and mucosal diseases (> 70 university and NHS staff and students, including 10 academics/clinician academics). Since 2014, the group has secured >£2 million in MRC project awards (against a total of >£10 million funding). We are now seeking a fungal molecular geneticist having extensive experience in the study of host-pathogen interactions with particular emphasis on single cell analyses and/or confocal, microfluidic- and/or imaging flow cytometry-based experimentation, using cultured and primary human cells. Manchester is a thriving centre for multidisciplinary infection studies addressing AMR, antimicrobial strategy and immunology of infectious disease, particularly in sepsis, respiratory infections and multi-morbidity and immediate opportunities exist for collaboration with UoM PIs across the Faculty of Biology, Medicine &Health.
You will convey a research vision having cross-cutting relevance for infection biology, including host-pathogen interactions, immunophenotyping, antimicrobial strategy, chronic respiratory disease, and respiratory immunology. You will be supported in the development of an independent research programme within the Division complementing the overall multidisciplinary strategy with a particular focus on fungal lung diseases. Working collaboratively, you will be a future leader in your field, driving world-leading research and enhancing our strengths in this area. You will also contribute to our outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the School of Biological Sciences and wider University; with opportunities to develop curriculum, innovate teaching and provide an exceptional student experience through research-led learning. In particular, you will have a proven track record in supporting UGT and PGT teaching, and will deliver cellular and molecular mycology lectures for UGT year 1 Biosciences, as well as developing new advanced mycology units for UGT years 2 or 3; unit leadership on PGT Medical Microbiology & Infection courses and by supporting UGT and PGT research projects.
The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:
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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Professor Elaine Bignell, Head of Division of Infection, Immunity & Respiratory Medicine
Tel: 0161 275 0768
Tel: 0161 275 4499
Tel: 0161 850 2004
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.