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Research Assistant in Algal Microbiology
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BMH-016396

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 18/03/2021

Salary: £27,511 to £28,331 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine & Health

School/ Directorate: Evolution & Genomic Sciences

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term from 3 May 2021 until 2 May 2024

An exciting opportunity to join a diverse research group working in microbial evolution. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers investigating the evolution of symbiosis.

The project, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, explores the molecular mechanisms underlying evolutionary transitions from free-living to symbiosis using the Paramecium-Chlorella model microbial symbiosis. We will exploit a powerful combination of comparative genomics, metabolomics, and laboratory experimental evolution to reveal the role of fitness trade-offs in the evolution of symbiosis.

The main responsibilities of this role include: field sampling of natural algal populations, maintenance of the strain collection, performing laboratory experiments, preparing samples for whole genome sequencing and metabolomics, collecting and analysing data, and contributing to the preparation of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. You will collaborate closely with the other project researchers and the investigators to deliver the research.

You will have a BSc or equivalent in Biology (or a related subject), extensive knowledge of microbial ecology and / or algal biology, and excellent technical skills in algal microbiology. Candidates with training in evolutionary biology and / or experimental evolution are strongly encouraged to apply.

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:

Happy to talk flexible working.

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: Prof. Michael Brockhurst


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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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