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Research Associate (Microbiology) (4418)

Research Associate (RA) in Microbiology (Grade 7; Fixed-Term 24 months):

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and dedicated research associate (RA) to join the laboratory of Professor Christopher van der Gast to complete a series of four collaborative microbiome-related pilot projects that are being coordinated between the Northern Care Alliance (NCA) & Manchester Metropolitan University over a 24-month period. The successful candidate will work closely with a NCA-funded clinical research fellow (CRF) on the processing of patient sample collections for experimental analysis and the isolation of clinically relevant microorganisms derived from the pilot projects. The RA will use a range of molecular microbiology techniques to carry out investigations in microbiome research, pathogen genomics, microbial ecology and evolution, and host immunology.

Candidates will hold, or be nearing completion, of a doctoral level degree in Molecular Microbiology, or a closely related subject and have expertise in molecular microbiology or microbiome research. The role will include designing and carrying out experiments, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data to produce high-quality publications in internationally recognised journals. The successful candidate will have excellent research potential, demonstrated by publications and conference presentations, together with research skills and experience to work independently as well as in a team.

This post is based in the Department of Life Science, one of the largest Departments in the University attracting high numbers of students on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The Department also provides research training programmes for doctorate and Masters level postgraduate research students. The Department resides within the Faculty of Science and Engineering and benefits from spacious, modern and well-equipped teaching and research facilities having benefitted from recent significant and on-going investment.  This particular post sits within the Microbiology group of the Centre for Bioscience and is available on a fixed-term basis for 24 months.  

For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the post, please contact Prof Christopher van der Gast (

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring . We particularly encourage applications from Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, who we recognise are underrepresented in this area.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Science and Engineering
  • Salary:
    Grade 7 (£31,406 to £35,326)
  • Closing Date:
    2 February 2022
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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