Recruiting now for world class academics

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Join our research family and help solve one of the world's emerging healthcare challenges. 

The University of Birmingham has identified Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance as a priority theme. To tackle this global challenge, the University has invested over £10 million in the establishment, expansion and future development of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection (IMI). With 50 investigators and over 170 additional staff and doctoral students, the IMI now represents the UK’s leading concentration of microbiologists and is a destination site for microbiological research and training.

Our vision is to lead the discipline of Microbiology, both nationally and globally, by promoting excellence in research and postgraduate training, for the ultimate benefit of society. To achieve our ambition we wish to strengthen our research capacity. We are offering a unique opportunity to recruit 7 world-class academics (at Lecturer to Chair level, dependent on level of experience) in the following areas:

Microbial Genomics

microbial geneticsThe future of rapid diagnosis of bacterial infection lies within the ability to quickly obtain and analyse microbial genome sequence data. This methodology has provided tremendous advances in the understanding of antimicrobial resistance and virulence and has the potential to replace the current laborious culture-dependent methods. Furthermore, genomic approaches are key to understanding the development of antimicrobial resistance and the spread of resistant organisms. We are seeking to develop further our existing genomics capacity by recruiting individuals who will provide senior leadership in this area, and enhance our research base in this important and growing area of research.

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For further information please contact:

Dr. Nick Loman
Email: n.j.loman@bham.ac.uk

Professor Ian Henderson
Email: i.r.henderson@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4368

Closing date for receipt of applications is 10th April 2016.

Antibacterial Resistance & Drug Discovery

antibiotic resistanceAntibiotics have been hugely successful because they offer empiric, safe and predictable efficacy to treat a breadth of bacterial infections across a wide range of indications. However, the arsenal of current therapies and prophylactics is failing. Our ambition is to deliver a world-class research facility for developing new classes of antibiotics and alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Therefore, we are seeking individuals with experience of developing antimicrobials. Experience of drug development in industry and experience of moving drugs from the bench through the pipeline to the clinic would be a significant advantage. Appointments to this research area will increase our capacity to develop antimicrobials and actively contribute to the University’s overarching Drug Discovery Initiative.

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For further information please contact:

Professor Laura Piddock
Email: l.j.v.piddock@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6966  

Professor Jon Preece
Email: J.A.Preece@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3528

Professor Ian Henderson
Email: i.r.henderson@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4368

Closing date for receipt of applications is 10th April 2016.

Cellular Microbiology

cellular microbiology-SCALEDThe discipline of bacterial cell imaging and cellular microbiology provides us with an understanding of how microbes exploit host cells to cause infections. Elucidation of the mechanisms of host-microbe interaction will provide additional targets for therapeutic intervention. We are looking to recruit individuals with expertise in microbial imaging to build our capacity and increase our understanding of these potential targets.

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For further information please contact:

Professor Robin May
Email: r.c.may@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5418

Professor Ian Henderson
Email: i.r.henderson@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4368

Closing date for receipt of applications is 10th April 2016.

Microbial Metabolomics/Lipidomics

lipidomics-SCALEDThe outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria is composed of proteins, phospholipids, and a structure unique in biology, lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Furthermore, evidence from whole genome mutagenesis studies reveal the connection between metabolism, synthesis of lipids and maintenance of outer membrane integrity. The biosynthetic pathways for outer membrane lipids remain an underexplored and unexploited target for antimicrobial drug development. Therefore, we wish to recruit an individual who has expertise in analysis of lipid biosynthesis in Gram-negative bacteria.

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For further information please contact:

Professor Ian Henderson
Email: i.r.henderson@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4368

Closing date for receipt of applications is 10th April 2016.

Oral Microbiology

possibal dental image-SCALED The World Health Organisation has identified oral infectious diseases as one of the most common health problems facing the global population. The oral cavity presents a diverse microbial ecosystem containing complex surface biofilms and is colonised by ~1000 species of bacteria. Bacterial dysbiosis is subsequently reported to be a major driver of oral diseases, several of which have mechanistic links with inflammatory systemic diseases which result in significant morbidity and increased mortality e.g. atherogenic cardiovsacular diseases, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, aspirational pneumonia. Antibiotic resistance is therefore also a major concern in oral and dental healthcare. We are seeking to recruit a dedicated Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in microbiology to support research in this area and who could aid the development of novel high quality translational research programmes in microbiology and who could support undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning programmes.

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For further information please contact:

Professor Paul Cooper
Email: P.R.Cooper@bham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 466 5526

Closing date for receipt of applications is 10th April 2016.

This represents an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing community of succesful, interdisciplinary researchers in a thriving academic environment.

Successful candidates will be expected to be able pursue an original and internationally leading programme of research within their area selected area and to develop and deliver undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in microbiology and related disciplines.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 10th April 2016.

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