Research Fellow in Laboratory Microbiology Ref 2917

School/department: Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Department of Global Health and Infection
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed term for 30 months
Reference:  2917
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 02 February 2018
Closing date:  05 March 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: as soon as possible

Job description

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow with strong laboratory and molecular microbiology skills to join the research team of Prof Martin Llewelyn.  

Antibiotic resistance driven by antibiotic overuse is a global, urgent threat to human health. There is an urgent need to develop tools to assess the impact of antibiotic exposure in individual people. The purpose of the post is to refine, establish and apply metagenomic approaches to measurement of the ‘faecal resistome’. The post is funded a National Institute for Healthcare Research Programme Grant for Applied Research “Antibiotic Review Kit – Hospital”

The post will be based in the Medical Research Building at the University of Sussex where there is an established, dynamic team of infection, immunity and cellular biology researchers. They will work in close collaboration with the Modernising Medical Microbiology (MMM) group based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where the metagenomic approaches to resistance measurement have been developed. Depending on the successful applicant’s background and skills, training will be offered with the MMM group.

The successful applicant will undertake development of laboratory workflows to facilitate the analysis of large numbers of faecal specimens from the ARK-hospital and other projects. This will involve careful cultivation and method development around extraction techniques, and preparation of DNA for short-read and long-read sequencing using established laboratory protocols. Additional work will involve the cataloguing of study specimens, and involvement in Illumina and Nanopore sequencing in the Oxford laboratory, as required.

The post-holder will be responsible for specific tasks relating to project deliverables (see below). There is no specific teaching commitment associated with the post; however, the post-holder will be expected to provide expert advice to other researchers, and will receive advice from others in return. 

For informal enquiries and for more information please contact Prof Martin Llewelyn  (

Download job description and person specification Ref 2917 [PDF 138.92KB]

How to apply

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