Research Associate - Microbial Metagenomics, UK

University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join a team led by Prof Gordon Dougan FRS in the Department of Medicine.

This position offers an ideal opportunity for a researcher trained in microbiology and bioinformatics who would help drive collaborations with teams in Australia, USA, Indonesia and Fiji working on the Revitalisation in Informal Urban Settlements project (RISE) project.In this project, you would be using genomics to analyse the impact of innovative, low cost water management systems on microbial (pathogen) ecology in humans and their environments.

Working from key field sites the candidate will be involved in analysing the microbial populations living in and around people where water management systems are potentially compromised or need improvement.Using genomics the candidate would assess the impact of interventions on the spread of potential pathogens between people and in the environment. Also linked with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the candidate will be part of a larger team working on host-pathogen interactions and antibiotic resistance.

The candidate

  • has good theoretical and practical knowledge and experience of using microbiology and bioinformatics to study human and environmental ecosystems.


  • will include carrying out microbiology and bioinformatics project work under the supervision of Prof Gordon Dougan.
  • will include bacterial culture and identification, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, DNA extraction, data entry, preparing reagents, DNA library prep, sequencing and informatics analysis.

Informal enquiries should be made to Ms Nitasha Mutreja, email:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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