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Research Assistant in Microbiology

Are you interested in fundamental and applied microbiology research? Do you have skills in microbiology and immunology? Would you like to join multidisciplinary team investigating ways to modulate the behaviour of oral commensal and pathogenic bacteria and biofilms?

You will join a multidisciplinary team on a project funded by a large oral care company, investigating ways to influence the commensal and pathogenic properties of key oral bacteria and complex biofilms.  

You will hold an honours degree in Microbiology (with an emphasis on bacteriology) or a cognate discipline and preferably a relevant higher degree (e.g., MSc, PhD) in the biomedical sciences with significant bacteriology content.  You will have experience in bacteriology, both culture and molecular experimental approaches.  Experience in mammalian cell culture or immunology, alongside a good track record of relevant publications and a proven ability to work on multidisciplinary projects, is also highly desirable.

You will be able to communicate well, both verbally and in writing. Good interpersonal skills are essential, together with the ability to work independently and as part of a larger team of researchers. You must be self-motivated and able to work without the need for close supervision, whilst showing a capacity to enthuse others. You must be able to plan and carry out experimental work efficiently, keeping detailed logs of your day-to-day activities, and be able to interpret practical and theoretical results. You will have a flexible approach to work and be able to perform well, while meeting deadlines. 

You will be based in the Wellcome Trust Brenner Building, St. James’ University Hospital, but may be required to conduct some aspects of your research on the University of Leeds main campus. The position is available immediately.

To explore the post further or for any enquiries you may have, please contact:

Samantha Pye, Academic Support Secretary
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 8277, email:

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. We will be happy to consider job share applications and are committed to flexible working for all our employees.

Location:  Leeds - St James University Hospital
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  School of Dentistry
Section:  Department of Oral Biology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,025 to £32,236 p.a.
Working Time:  100% Full time equivalent
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (For 2 years due to external funding)
Release Date:  Friday 14 December 2018
Closing Date:  Sunday 13 January 2019
Interview Date:  Wednesday 13 February 2019
Reference:  MHDEN1130
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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