Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Veterinary Medicine, West Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £32,816-£40,322
  • REF: PP25783
  • Closes: 04th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

We have been funded by the MRC, as part a project led by Prof Tim Walsh (Oxford) and Dr. Yang Wang (China Agricultural University), to study the dynamics of carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and mobile colistin resistance positive Enterobacteriaceae (MCRPE) in humans and animals in China. As part of this project, we are inviting applications for a two-year Research Associate position, with a possibility of a one-year extension, to analyse bacterial whole genome sequences and metagenomic sequence to understand the dynamics of CRE and MPRCE in hospital and agricultural systems. A key aspect of the project will be examining the effect of the banning of colistin as a growth promoter on the incidence and distribution of CRE/MCPRE and their resistance determinants.

The successful candidate will analyse large datasets of bacterial whole genome sequences and metagenomic data to define the population structures of CRE/MCPRE and resistance determinants and their distributions across human, agricultural and environmental samples. They will join the group of Julian Parkhill at the Vet School, working closely with the groups of Tim Walsh in Oxford and Yang Wang in Beijing.

The position is available immediately.

Applicants should hold a PhD in bacterial genomics, metagenomics or a related discipline. Essential experience includes: familiarity with genomic and phylogenetic analysis tools, experience with the manipulation of large data sets using bioinformatic and statistical approaches, expertise with at least one programming language and a proven track record of publication.

Applicants should submit a CHRIS/6, CV and covering letter outlining suitability for the role and contact details for two references. Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Further particulars for the role and information about the Department

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Interviews will be held on 16th March 2021

Please quote reference PP25783 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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