Research Associates in Biology
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Research Associates of Biology

The Patil lab at the MRC Toxicology Unit is looking to appoint two motivated researchers to join their team working on an ERC funded project on modulation of microbial communities. We are a diverse team of researchers spanning multiple scientific disciplines, including microbiology, metabolomics, mathematical modelling, and bioinformatics. We are looking for a microbial geneticist and a mass-spectrometrist (metabolomics) to join our lab. The project will focus on investigating microbiome interactions using genetic and omics tools. We are particularly interested in candidates enthusiastic for combining high-throughput screening with mechanistic follow-ups.

The MRC Toxicology Unit offers excellent research infrastructure and support for personal development. Candidates will be encouraged to bring their own ideas to the project and learn new skills, for example, in metabolomics and data analysis. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant discipline such as genetic engineering or molecular biology and have a strong background in microbial genetic engineering. A good publication record in peer-reviewed journals is required.

Further information on the Toxicology Unit can be found at (

Informal enquiries are invited and can be directed to Kiran R. Patil (

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact

Relevant publications:

  1. Kl├╝enemann et al. Bioaccumulation of therapeutic drugs by human gut bacteria. Nature 597(7877): 533-538. (2021)
  2. Pereira et al. Model-guided development of an evolutionarily stable yeast chassis. Mol Syst Biol 17(7): e10253. (2021)

Fixed-term: These posts are funded by the ERC for two years in the first instance. Further extension may be possible depending on the availability of funds.

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Further information on the Toxicology Unit can be found at (

Please quote reference PU36766 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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