Research Associate: Imaging of Uranium Biotransformations by Microorganisms University of Manchester, Earth & Environmental Sciences United Kingdom

Research Associate: Imaging of Uranium Biotransformations by Microorganisms

Job Reference : S&E-13538

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing Date : 27/03/2019

Salary : £32,236 - £39,609 Per Annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment Type : Fixed Term

Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering

Division : Earth & Environmental Sciences

Hours Per week : Full time

Contract Duration : 1 May 2019 until 28 February 2021

Applications are invited for NERC funded postdoctoral research associate in the Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, at the University of Manchester. Working with a cross-disciplinary team of biologists, chemists, earth scientists and spectroscopists, you will investigate the mechanisms of microbial reduction of uranium and other radionuclides. A range of microbial systems will be studied, including pure culture (Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and also fungi) and enrichment cultures, with defined mutants available for key redox processes. A particular focus will be the application of new luminescence spectroscopy and microscopy techniques (including one and 2 photon approaches), to identify the luminescent signatures and map the speciation of uranium and neptunium ions and coordination compounds during microbial redox cycling reactions. The successful applicant will bring microbial expertise to the project, and work alongside a second postdoc developing and applying luminescence spectroscopy and microscopy techniques for 5f elements.


Candidates should have or expect to obtain a Ph.D qualification in a field relevant to geomicrobiology. The successful applicant will be well versed in a wide range of microbiological techniques, including the handling of anaerobes, and also offer experience in handling the actinides uranium and neptunium (or the willingness to be trained to do this). Experience of a broad range of microbial, biogeochemical and mineralogical characterisation techniques, including imaging and spectroscopy approaches would also be desirable. The successful candidate will be a highly capable, motivated and independent researcher who has a good publication track record and able to help manage a large group of 30+ PDRA and PhD students.


As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.


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Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Jonathan Lloyd or Louise Natrajan
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General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499


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