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Research Fellow (Microfluidics)

School of Life Sciences

Location:  Brayford
Salary:   From £32,548 per annum
This post is fixed term until 31 December 2019
Closing Date:   Wednesday 03 January 2018
Interview Date:   Friday 19 January 2018
Reference:  COS476

We are looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the interdisciplinary Physical Ecology Lab, in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, UK. The position forms part of a larger project entitled ‘Microscale Viscosity Gradients in the Oceans’ supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (www.moore.org). This project aims to characterise both viscous heterogeneity at the microscale and its ecological effects, and ultimately to formulate a new conceptual framework for the microbial oceanic landscape that includes viscosity.

A creative and motivated postdoctoral scientist, with experience with COMSOL Multiphysics and of microfluidic devices, you will be expected drive the experimental studies required to develop predictive models of the effects of small-scale viscosity gradients on microbial chemotaxis. Using both experimental and computational methods you will generate testable predictions and provide insight into effects of viscosity gradients on marine bacteriaKey methods will include Multiphysics modelling in COMSOL, design of microfluidic devices to generate viscosity gradients, and microscopy experiments tracking motile marine bacteria. The main project themes for this post will be to (i) model and generate viscosity gradients at the microscale in the lab, and (ii) examine the effect of viscosity on bacterial chemotaxis. For suitably qualified candidates there may be the opportunity to take part in diving-based field work in Hawaii, using In-Situ Chemotaxis Assay (ISCA) devices.

Contributing to implementation of the whole project, you will help write and publish high quality peer-reviewed scientific papers in addition to contributing to the development of research proposals and applications for external funding. You will contribute to the dissemination of the results to the scientific community through presentation at international conferences and workshops and will also be encouraged and supported to make your own applications for funding and take advantage of our Staff Development Programme.

The Physical Ecology Lab (www.physicalecologylab.org) offers a dynamic research environment where the successful applicant will be a member of a team working closely together and applying techniques from fields as diverse as phylogenetic analysis, microbiology, applied mathematics and biophysics. You will also contribute to the University's ambition to achieve international recognition as a research-intensive institution and will be expected to design, conduct and manage original research. Formed in 2012, the School of Life Sciences is central to the University’s strategy to build its STEM provision and research excellence in the sciences. The School is vibrant and supportive, with an emphasis on collegiality.

Informal enquiries to Professor Stuart Humphries (shumphries@lincoln.ac.uk)

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