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Research Technician in Bacterial Evolution/Antimicrobial Resistance
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BMH-018573

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/04/2022

Salary: £24,174 to £27,116 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine & Health

Division: Evolution & Genomic Sciences

Hours per week: 35

Contract Duration: Fixed Term from as soon as possible for 2 years

School / Directorate: School of Biological Sciences

The research technician position is funded by a 2-year AMS Springboard grant led by Dr Danna R Gifford (DRG).

Overall, the project is aimed at understanding how antibiotic combination therapy can prevent the evolution of antibiotic resistance. The project uses experimental evolution approaches to understand how clinical E. coli bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics via spontaneous mutations. We will use molecular microbiology methods and genome sequencing to determine the genetic bases of phage resistance in evolved bacteria. The research technician at Manchester will work alongside the research fellow (DRG) and postgraduate research students.

You will support a wide range of research activities in the field of microbiology and molecular biology. You will provide technical support with minimal supervision, in a range of project specific research activities including: assisting in research projects and aiding experiments using the equipment, teaching staff and students how to use the instruments and performing routine maintenance. To assist team members in ensuring that staff and students operate safe working practices ensuring health and safety compliance within the laboratories. It is a specialist position requiring a dedicated individual capable of working independently and who enjoys daily technical challenges.

You should hold a qualification at QCF level 6 (such as a bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant biological science subject OR QCF level 2 passes (such as GCSE’s) in English and Mathematics and at least one Science subject and substantial relevant experience of working in a research laboratory.

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.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

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: Dr. Danna Gifford


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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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