Research Assistant, Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition (IMS210R)

Dr Delma Childers is a Lecturer in the Institute of Medical Sciences whose research group studies how antifungal resistance affects the overall fitness of the human fungal pathogen, Candida glabrata.

School/Section: Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Division: Institute of Medical Sciences
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Part Time
Grade: Grade 5
Salary: Pro rata
Ref No: IMS210R
Closing Date: 25-MAY-2021


Job Description

She has an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to join the group in a part-time research capacity for 2 years beginning 1 June 2021. The RA research activities will support ongoing work in the lab to establish high-throughput methods, including phenotypic analyses and flow cytometry techniques, for analysing fungal fitness during and after antifungal therapy. These methods will be combined with molecular studies to identify important mechanisms underlying antifungal resistance in important fungal pathogens. This work will ultimately lead to a better understanding of how fungal cells avoid killing by the innate immune system after antifungal treatment.

The successful applicant will be an effective team member in the Childers research group and contribute to communicating research outputs in the Aberdeen Fungal Group meeting and writing research manuscripts.

The Research Assistant (RA) will provide research support to a project that will investigate the fitness costs of antifungal resistance mechanisms in an important fungal pathogen. Candida glabrata can be innately resistant to azole drugs, an important frontline antifungal drug class, and frequently develops resistance to a second class of drugs, the echinocandins. This project will investigate how major antifungal resistance mechanisms affect fungal interactions with the host and general stress survival using a combination of well-established molecular, ex vivo interaction, and flow cytometry techniques.

Salary will be paid on the Grade 5 Salary Scale (50% of £28,332 per annum, actual rate £14,166 per annum, pro rata). 

As this post is externally funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences it will be available of two years from 01 June 2021.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12month probation period.

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This post does not meet the minimum requirements for visa sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route. We are therefore unable to consider applicants for this post that require sponsorship to work in the UK.  

This role is based in the UK and as such the successful candidate will be required to live and work in the UK.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 25 May 2021

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Dr Delma Childers, Lecturer in the Institute of Medical Sciences

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Dr Childers.


Please quote reference number IMS210R on all correspondence

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