Microbiologist (Fixed Term, Full Time)

About the role:

The Ocean Technology and Engineering Group at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton seeks a motivated Postdoctoral Microbiologist with experience in molecular biology and a wide range of bio-analytical methods, to rapidly learn and innovate new technologies for cytometry, DNA, RNA and/or protein detection.

In the role, a desire to work as part of a multidisciplinary team on complex coupled assay and instrumentation challenges is essential. Working with a wider team of engineers, research staff, technical staff and students, you will develop innovative sensors for environmental microorganisms such as those involved in biogeochemical cycling, human health and as environmental indicator organisms. A comprehensive understanding of the foundations and latest discoveries in your specific field of research is essential. These sensors will be deployed widely in the environment including on-board ocean-going submersibles and floats. They will provide data for use in environmental monitoring and for improving our understanding of the world’s oceans.

The team has access to world class molecular and microbiology laboratories, fabrication suites, testing and design facilities together with access to sea going and polar research logistics.

You will innovate, develop and apply an array of molecular techniques to sensor systems to be deployed in the oceans and natural waters. This includes (but is not restricted to) lab on a chip colourimetric and fluorometric systems, sample processing and extraction systems. You will work in a research team publishing the research widely, interacting with our commercial partners and constructing funding proposals.

Applications will be considered from candidates who are nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for 3 years, offered on NERC terms and conditions.

About you:

We seek applicants who can work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams that have wide analytical expertise and the ability to rapidly learn and become expert in new techniques. A PhD in Microbiology, or in a related field requiring Molecular Biological techniques is required. You will have a portfolio of work, including extensive bench experience and peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals, demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex measurement problems, to quickly master new techniques and to report your results to international audiences.

What we can offer you:

Here at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 public/local days off and free car-parking. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

About us:

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world. With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, is a member of Athena SWAN and has signed up to the Athena SWAN principles to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly.

Organization Description

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (http://noc.ac.uk/).

How to Apply

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at http://topcareer.jobs/ quoting reference number IRC244735. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

Closing date: 29th April 2018

If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).

Closing date: 
Sunday 29 April 2018