Research Fellow - Clostridium Sporulation Molecular Biologist (Fixed Term)

Nothingham University

United Kingdom

October 22, 2021


Research Fellow - Clostridium Sporulation Molecular Biologist (Fixed




Closing Date

Friday, 22nd October 2021

Job Type



Life Sciences


£31406 to £40927 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

This post will provide molecular biology expertise to the BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) in support of its research activities on sporulation control in members of the genus Clostridium. The post-holder will design and conduct laboratory experiments but will also be responsible for drafting reports and developing research ideas towards grant applications. There will be close interaction with other members of the multidisciplinary team drawing on their expertise to synergistically advance the research field.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in the application of genetic tools to further the understanding of sporulation control in Clostridium butyricum as well as Clostridium sporogenes or related species. They will have a proven track record in the application of CRISPR/Cas9 in these or related species and previous experience of working on commercially funded projects. The successful candidate will be competent in report writing, in writing scientific work-plans and in creating research project strategies. An interest in commercialising the output of the research will be essential.

SBRC Nottingham is one of six UK centres created by the BBSRC/EPSRC and has a wealth of facilities including three multiplexed gas fermentation suites, a bespoke state of the art robotics platform (for high throughput DNA parts assembly, transformation and chassis growth and selection), twelve anaerobic microbiological work-stations and a suite of analytics kit (HPLC, GC, GC-MS, LC-MS-MS), all supported by specialist technical staff. The post will operate within a framework of Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) under the guidance of SBRC social scientists and be expected to undertake outreach activities coordinated by the SBRC Outreach Officer. The role holder will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio.

Candidates must hold a PhD in a project concerned with sporulation and germination in Clostridium.

This is a full-time (36.25 hours), fixed-term post until 30th April 2022. Job share arrangements would be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Nigel Minton:

Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

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