Research Fellow - Microbial Genomic Epidemiology: UK

Two vacancies have arisen for experienced microbial genomics researchers to join the groups of Dr Alan McNally and Prof Willem van Schaik  at University of Birmingham, working on an MRC funded UK-China AMR research network on the genomic epidemiology of multi-drug resistant E. coli and Klebsiella in Chinese hospitals. The project is in collaboration with University of Cambridge, and West China Hospital, Guangzhou Hospital, and Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in China. Working with our Chinese partners we will use extensively deep sampling and genome sequencing of thousands of isolates to determine the vehicle of dissemination, and reservoirs of infection if carbapenem resistant E. coli and Klebsiella. The post holder will have to spend significant levels of time at Chinese partner institutes, with visits of up to 3 months duration.

Main Duties

  • develop research objectives, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • analyse and interpret data
  • collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews *
  • present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters *
  • supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods in microbial genomic epidemiology
  • undertake management/administration arising from research
  • contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research *
  • deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines*

* These indicative responsibilities may also be included in a research role at grade 6.

Person Specification

  • first degree in area of specialism and a higher degree or equivalent qualifications relevant to microbiology, infectious diseases, and/or bioinformatics
  • high level analytical capability
  • ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods in microbial genomic epidemiology and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
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