Job opening: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Microbiology & Bacterial Genomics

17 Aug 2022

MPRU is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Microbiology & Bacterial Genomics to join us in a team lead by Professor Rob Heyderman at the Division of Infection and Immunity at University College London (UCL).

The Division of Infection and Immunity is part of the UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences, which brings together UCL Medical School and five other Divisions spanning clinical and basic biomedicine.

Streptococcus pneumoniae is a leading cause of childhood pneumonia, meningitis and bacteraemia. We have established a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome-funded project to explore the direct and indirect selective effects of vaccines on pneumococcal antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The postholder will focus on the genotypic profile of emerging S. pneumoniae strains and the evaluation of the upper respiratory tract resistome. Working with molecular microbiologists and cellular biologists, the team will assess the phenotypic consequences of these genotypes.

The postholder will be expected to organise and prepare samples for whole genome sequencing (WGS) and then assemble, curate and analyse multiple large bacterial WGS datasets. They will work with epidemiologists, bacterial geneticists, mathematical modellers, cell and pathogen biologists at UCL, the University of Liverpool and the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Programme (MLW) in Blantyre, Malawi to understand the relationship between genotype and phenotype both in the laboratory and the field. They will participate in the overall strategic planning of the project and in meetings with partners.

The position will suit a motivated postdoctoral scientist who wishes to develop their career and pursue opportunities for independent fellowships. The post is available until 31/01/2024 in the first instance.


Key Requirements

The postholder should have a PhD or about to be awarded (or equivalent degree or experience) in a relevant subject. The successful candidate must in-depth bioinformatic experience, experience of planning and management of projects and ideally of working in a molecular microbiology laboratory. Evidence of scientific contribution to publications, presentation at conferences and contribution to the development of grants is also essential.

Appointment at Grade 7 (salary £37,873 - £45,720 per annum, inclusive of London allowance) is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD. If this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Grade 6B (salary £33,184 - £34,976 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD Thesis.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.


Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made by email to Professor Robert Heyderman at r [dot] heyderman [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk.

Queries regarding the application process can be made by email to Isabel Lubeiro at i [dot] lubeiro [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk.


Deadline to apply is 23:59 UK time 16 September 2022.


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