Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge, UK is offering postdoctoral position in bioinformatics. Candidates are welcome before June 16, 2019.

Applications are invited for the post of a Research Associate to join the group of Dr Nazima Pathan, Department of Paediatrics at the University of Cambridge, UK. The research theme, funded by Action for Medical Research, will look at the effect of Infection prevention strategies on antimicrobial resistance gene carriage in critically ill children.

Young children, particularly those with severe and complex disease, are at significant risk of secondary infection by antimicrobial resistant bacteria. The gut microbiome, comprising of trillions of normally beneficial bacteria, is a reservoir of antimicrobial resistance genes and often the source of healthcare-associated infection (HAI). In critically ill adults, evidence suggests selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD) reduces HAIs and improves survival. The effects of both standard and SDD-enhanced infection on antimicrobial resistance gene carriage following critical illness are unclear.

This study will examine a cohort of children treated with SDD compared to those receiving standard infection control, in order to examine whether antimicrobial resistance gene carriage is significantly different, whether it is sustained through recovery and convalescence and whether it has a clinical impact on the risk of infection by antimicrobial-resistant organisms.

The appointed individual will work within an established team of research clinicians, research nurses and scientists across the departments of Paediatrics and Medicine at the University of Cambridge.

The work will be undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge within the groups of Prof Stephen Baker and Prof Gordon Dougan.

Our laboratory is situated at Cambridge University Hospitals NHSFT in the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Research Campus (http://cambridge-biomedical.com) providing access to state-of-the-art research facilities. In addition we benefit from strong established collaborations particularly to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre and the Institute of Child Health, London.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD, an outstanding skillset, evidence for academic excellence and a track record of successful research output. We are looking for someone who is innovative and has initiative and personal drive. Given a large sample cohort and genome wide profiles generated from biological samples, bioinformatic skills are highly desirable. . The post-holder will play a crucial part of the research team and need to liaise closely with the clinical team. They will be expected to lead aspects of the research theme independently, strengthen existing research links and develop new collaborations.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2022 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults’ barred lists). This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and research publication list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents, which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Deadline: June 16, 2019
Apply Link:http://tinyurl.com/y5l7jcqf

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