Research Fellow: Biosensors for monitoring water quality in developing countries
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the Department of Electronics within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of York. The post holder will report to Dr Steven Johnson (Department of Electronic Engineering) and Prof. James Moir (Department of Biology) and aims to develop appropriate solutions for testing water quality in marginalised communities.
The post-holder will be responsible for 1) designing, testing and optimising a range of microbiological and molecular assays for the rapid and selective detection of bacteria associated with faecal contamination, 2) engaging with marginalized communities in Vanuatu in the co-design of appropriate technology, 3) integration of the assay into a robust sensor technology, and 4) contributing to and/or leading the production of research outputs and research outcomes, This research will be performed in close collaboration with other academics, NGOs and representatives from communities most affected by the challenges of accessing clean water, and the post-holder will be required to work collaboratively, productively and sensitively with each of these groups and disseminate research results through publications, seminars, conference presentations and outreach activities.
The post-holder should hold a PhD in relevant area, such as biophysics, molecular biology, microbiology, analytical chemistry or equivalent experience and be skilled in experimental microbiology, microbiological assay development and evaluation, biosensor design and validation, and have experience in engaging with stakeholder groups outside of academia. Knowledge of environmental monitoring, particularly in relation to water management would be an advantage.
This post is available on a fixed term basis until 30 April 2020.
Closing date: 6 August 2018
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