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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL25268

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £31,613 - £38,084 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL25268
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 17-Jun-2021
Closing date: 17-Jul-2021

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A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Dr Özge Eyice’s group to work on “Microbial link from organic sulfur compounds to methane in anoxic sediments” funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project aims to understand the diversity and metabolism of microorganisms degrading DMSP and DMS to methane in anoxic estuarine and wetland sediments via microbial diversity profiling, stable isotope probing, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics.  The project involves dynamic modelling using carbon isotope data to predict future DMS-dependent methane production from anoxic sediments. The project is a collaboration with Prof Jon Todd (University of East Anglia) and Dr Alexandra Turchyn (University of Cambridge).

The successful candidate should have a PhD (or be close to completion) in Molecular Biology, Life Sciences or a related field. They should provide evidence of expertise in general molecular biology techniques (DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, quantitative PCR), bioinformatics (sequence and metagenomics/metatranscriptomics data analysis) and analytical techniques (gas chromatography). The post holder will be expected to carry out field sampling, work with anaerobic microcosms and develop models using carbon isotope data. They will also prepare manuscripts using high-quality data, make oral presentations and help supervise postgraduate students.

QMUL is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the Queen Mary Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

At QMUL, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence and we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.

The post is full-time and available for 3 years. The start date is 1st September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary is in Grade 4- 5, in the range of £31,613 - £38,084 per annum, inclusive of London allowance.

We offer access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for fixed-term), season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability.

For Informal enquiries, please, contact Dr Özge Eyice via:

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The closing date for applications is 17 July 2021. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award.  We are committed to the equality of opportunities.

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