Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow, Exeter, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship in University of Edinburgh, UK

Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow: The University of Exeter’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow position. This role is integral to the project DYNBIOTICS, led by Prof Stefano Pagliara, which aims to unravel the dynamics of antibiotic transport in individual bacteria to combat antimicrobial resistance. The project, funded by UKRI through the Frontier Research Guarantee scheme, addresses a global health challenge responsible for 5 million annual deaths. The position is offered on a three-year fixed-term contract starting from January 8, 2024.

Designation: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Grade E) or Fellow (Grade F)

Research Area: Molecular Microbiology and Bioinformatics

Location: Exeter, United Kingdom

Eligibility/Qualification: Applicants should possess:

  • A relevant PhD or equivalent qualification in molecular microbiology.
  • Expertise in molecular microbiology and bioinformatics.
  • Specialist knowledge to develop research methodologies.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, lead teams, and perform microbiology assays.
  • Experience with ESKAPE pathogens or other pathogenic bacteria.
  • Proficiency in RNA, DNA, and protein extraction and analysis.
  • Previous experience with infection models, such as Galleria mellonella, is desirable.

Job Description: The successful candidate will:

  • Investigate biophysical processes and molecular mechanisms enabling bacteria to survive antibiotic treatment.
  • Identify novel therapies targeting drug-resistant bacteria.
  • Conduct antimicrobial compound testing against ESKAPE pathogens.
  • Generate transposon mutant libraries and perform genome-wide transcriptional and translational profiling.
  • Validate findings using the Galleria mellonella infection model.
  • Develop research objectives, publish high-impact papers, and present work at international conferences.
  • Collaborate and supervise research as needed.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send the following documents to Dr. Stefano Pagliara at

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter detailing qualifications and research experience
  3. Contact information for references

Last Date for Apply: 12 October 2023

Join us at the University of Exeter to contribute to cutting-edge research addressing one of the most critical global health challenges – antimicrobial resistance. Be part of a diverse and inclusive community committed to fostering equality and supporting all its members to thrive.



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