This post represents an excellent opportunity to join a multidisciplinary research programme in a translationally focused research environment. The post holder will be expected to work with colleagues within the RSB programme under the direct supervision of Dr Chris Creevey designing, planning and implementing novel omic’s research in one or more of the following areas:
- Understanding how changes in microbial gene expression affect metabolic processes important to rumen function.
- Investigating the role played by gene sharing (horizontal gene transfer) on the ability of the microbial community to react to changes in environmental conditions (such as diet of the host).
- Understanding symbiotic relationships between the microbes in the rumen (for example between Protozoa and Archaea) and/or between the microbes and the host organism.
The research carried out as part of this post should support the overall goal of the RSB programme to develop solutions to the problems of environmentally damaging emissions from livestock.
The post holder will be required to work independently but within the overall project according to strictly defined deadlines. They will play an active role in generating research papers and research funding. They will supervise postgraduate, and where relevant undergraduate students and support and train colleagues in generating and analysing ‘omics’ datasets. The post holder will be expected to establish and maintain links with IBERS bioinformaticians, other IBERS research teams working on dynamic interactions between microbial populations, plant tissue and/or animal hosts, and with scientists outside of the University to facilitate the execution of existing and future collaborative work programmes.