Department of Zoology 11a Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ
Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 per annum
We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on an ERC-funded project (MUSMICRO) to unpick the causes and consequences of natural variability in the mammalian gut microbiome. The post is fixed-term for 1 year. The post will focus on asking how naturally occurring variation in the gut microbiome might affect host behaviour, using wild mice as a model system. The post will involve collecting and analysing behavioural data from wild mice, and analysing associations between variation in behavioural responses and the gut microbiome using metagenomic approaches.
Candidates will hold a PhD (or be near to completion) in Microbiology/Evolutionary Biology. Alongside research experience in microbiology/microbial genomics, candidates will also have some background in behavioural ecology, including the use of animal choice tests and analysis of host movement in captivity.
The successful candidate will be expected to submit publications to scientific journals, attend/present at conferences, engage with other researchers that partner on the project and contribute to research degree student supervision.
They will be based at the University of Oxford (Department of Zoology) under the supervision of Dr Sarah Knowles.
All applications must be made online by 12.00 noon on Monday 8th March 2021.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.
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