The post-holder will contribute to the experimental work of a BBSRC-funded grant investigating the metabolism of sialic acid in gut bacteria. Specifically, they will carry out in vitro work (anaerobic cultures, in vitro colon model) and in vivo colonisation (mouse models) and contribute to microbiome analyses.
The post-holder will work closely with other post-doctoral scientists and collaborators on the Norwich Research Park involved in the project. In addition to the proposed experimental work, the post-holder will contribute to the research by interacting with Research Scientists and PhD students in the Juge Group, writing up reports and publications, and presenting at relevant meetings and conferences.
The post-holder will also be encouraged to join public engagement activities. In addition, they will benefit from regular BBSRC-sponsored training courses in career development and transferable skills.
Candidates should possess a PhD in a relevant biological field (such as Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Microbiology or Glycobiology). They should have in-depth knowledge of molecular microbiology and the gut microbiome.
Experience of anaerobic microbial growth assays is essential, as are bioinformatics skills and experience of microbiome profiling sequencing and analysis. Experience of mouse work is desirable.
All candidates should possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. They should also have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.