Postdoctoral Researcher in Mammalian Host-Microbiome Interactions


University of Oxford, Oxford, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Feb 2021
  • Salary: Grade 7: £32,817 - £35,845 per annum
  • REF: 149662
  • Closes: 22nd March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Mammalian Host-Microbiome Interactions

Department of Zoology, Mansfield Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,817 – £35,845 per annum

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on an ERC-funded project (MUSMICRO) to explore the causes and consequences of natural variation in the mammalian gut microbiome. The post is fixed-term for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.

The post will focus on asking how naturally occurring variation in the gut microbiome affects host physiology, and ultimately host fitness traits (survival and reproduction), using wild house mice as a model system. The post will involve both collecting and analysing observational data from the wild, and performing controlled gnotobiotic (microbiome transfer) experiments in the lab.

Candidates will hold a PhD (or be near to completion) in a relevant biological subject (e.g. Microbiome science/Physiology/Microbiology/Ecology/Immunology) and have experience in performing animal experiments. The position is well-suited to applicants with research experience involving mice, particularly in the context of the microbiome, physiology or infection/immunity.

The successful candidate will be expected to collect data, prepare and submit publications to scientific journals, attend and 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.

Informal inquiries welcome to All applications must be made online by 12.00 noon March 22nd 2021.

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22-Mar-2021 12:00

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