Project Officer in Microbiology/Molecular Biology

The Open University

Graduate Position 2 years Milton Keynes, UK

Uploaded 25 Jul 2018

Job Description

You are invited to apply for a Project Officer position within the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, at The Open University. You will be working as part of the vibrant OU Astrobiology Group, which is comprised of four academics, five postdoctoral researchers and eight PhD students. The applicant will be based within the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences.

The group is investigating the limits of habitability in extreme environments similar to those found in the Solar System and identifying bio-signatures that could be used as evidence of life. For this work, we use a combination of field based studies and laboratory simulation experiments. The laboratory is equipped with two reaction vessels capable of mimicking the extreme environments found on other planetary bodies, an anaerobic chamber, laminar flow hoods for work with low biomass material, PCR and qPCR capabilities, a flow through bioreactor and a gas mixer.

We are seeking a Project Officer to further our investigations of extreme environments using culture-dependent and -independent methods. The work will include extracting and processing DNA from extreme environments for community analysis. It will also involve isolation and characterisation of novel microorganisms. The role will support the on-going funded research within the group and ensure that work is carried out in a timely manner.

Person Specification

You will have a degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific subject and relevant laboratory- based experience. Good organisational and team working skills are essential, and you should be highly motivated. Full training on the microbiology/molecular techniques will be provided, if necessary.

This position is to support on-going activities in the group and not for a post-doctoral researcher.

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