Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Microbiology: University of Oxford, UK

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Position in University of Oxford, UK

Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Microbiology: Reserch group is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join our team at the INEOS Oxford Institute for AMR Research. Under the supervision of Professor Timothy Walsh and Dr. Kirsty Sands, you will contribute to the development of antimicrobials for the treatment of animal pathogens. This is a fixed-term position covering maternity leave for a period of 12 months.

Designation: Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Research Area: Microbiology

Location: Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RE 11a Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3SZ


  • Hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD in Microbiology and/or Molecular Biology or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive expertise in standard microbiological techniques.
  • Demonstrated competence and success in the thesis research area, as evidenced by publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Motivated, enthusiastic, organized self-starter with the ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent general knowledge of related areas through literature reading, database searching, seminars, and conferences.
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and apply them in an interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Strong communication skills in English, both written and oral.
  • Ability to keep detailed laboratory records and report progress regularly.
  • Experience working in a team, supervising and educating junior co-workers, and participating in joint projects.
  • Must be eligible to work in the specified location.

Job Description:

Grade and SalaryGrade 7: £35,308 – £43,155 per annum
HoursFull time
Contract TypeFixed term (12 month maternity leave cover)
Reporting toProf. Timothy Walsh, Dr Kirsty Sands
Vacancy Reference165013
Funding PartnerIneos Oxford
  • Provide high-quality microbiological data on the response of bacteria to new and established antimicrobials.
  • Test hypotheses and analyze scientific data from various sources, adapting existing and developing new synthetic techniques and methodologies.
  • Manage own academic research and administrative activities, coordinating multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines.
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects and generate research income by presenting detailed research protocols to senior researchers.
  • Conduct comprehensive and systematic literature reviews, publishing the results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports, journal articles, and presentations.
  • Utilize specialist scientific equipment in a laboratory environment.
  • Serve as a source of information and advice on scientific protocols and techniques to other members of the group.
  • Represent the research group at external meetings, seminars, and conferences.
  • Engage in collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions and research groups.
  • Participate actively in journal club meetings.
  • Promote mutual respect, equality, diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability in all aspects of work.
  • Teach or undertake ad-hoc paid teaching as required.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their application by email to Please include the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV) including a list of publications.
  2. Cover letter outlining your research experience and interest in the position.
  3. Contact details of three referees who may be contacted for references.

Last Date for Apply: The application deadline is 12 noon (GMT+1) on Monday, 5 June 2023

For further information or any queries, please contact HR at



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