Research Associate / Fellow in Microbiology, Brewing and Biotechnology
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Friday, 11th December 2020
Job Type
Microbiology, Brewing & Biotechnology, Biosciences
£27511 to £40322 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic researcher for a new project to develop genetic modification tools for dinoflagellate algae. Dinoflagellate algae are essential symbionts of coral, and the breakdown of this symbiosis leads to coral bleaching. We have recently established the first mechanism for genetic modification of the dinoflagellate chloroplast genome (Nimmo et al. eLife 2019, Faktorova, Nisbet et al, Nature Methods 2020), and now wish to develop this tool further. The researcher will have a strong background in molecular biology, eukaryotic microbiology or plant sciences, and expertise in genetic modification.

You will have a strong background (including PhD or close to completion of PhD) in plant sciences/biochemistry/microbiology or a related discipline. You will be experienced at molecular biology and ideally the genetic modification of eukaryotic microorganisms. You must have good experimental and analytical skills including PCR, RT-PCR, genetic modification, and imaging. The Research Associate/Fellow will work with Dr Ellen Nisbet at the University of Nottingham, and in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Biochemistry (Prof Chris Howe) and in the Department of Physics (Prof Pietro Cicuta). 

The position will involve some travel to Cambridge. The project is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation as part of their Aquatic Symbiosis programme. 

This role is available on a fixed term contract for a period of 2 years. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours). Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Ellen Nisbet, email

Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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