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Research Fellow - Alborada Well Foal Study

School of Veterinary Medicine

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,236 to £36,261 per annum
Fixed Term (up until 31/12/2021)
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Tuesday 30 July 2019
Closing Date:  Wednesday 04 September 2019
Interview Date:  Monday 16 September 2019
Reference:  018119-R

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Fellow post in microbial metagenomic and host immune response data analysis. A four-year, longitudinal study of the development of gut microbiota in Thoroughbred racehorses is underway that has already established a unique dataset of samples and metadata. This post is to provide dedicated bioinformatics and data analysis expertise in order to integrate and interrogate bacterial community profile data, immunological and health outcomes data. The post holder will be primarily responsible for data analysis, data presentation and writing high quality scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Academic support for data analytics will be provided by the University’s Bioinfomatics Core Facility.

The post is based in the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Surrey, within the new School of Veterinary Medicine in Guildford, Surrey. You will be part of a vibrant, inter-disciplinary research environment with a strong international reputation. The Department has a critical mass of expertise and funded research projects investigating many aspects of animal intestinal microbiota. This is a fixed term post for a duration of 30 months.

The ideal candidate will have a strong track-record of working with microbial metagenomic data and an innovative, adaptable approach to data analysis. Competency and creativity in multi-variable data analysis will be very useful in the role, as will the ability to design, benchmark, and apply bioinformatics and statistical tools for metagenomics data. A scientist with well-developed scientific writing skills is sought in order to deliver the required publications from this project in a timely fashion. 

In addition to your salary you will receive a generous annual leave entitlement, relocation assistance where appropriate, attractive research environments, the latest teaching facilities, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities. Furthermore, our benefit packages include pension and childcare assistance.

The University of Surrey is located on a beautiful, leafy campus in Guildford, just 30 miles from London and benefits from excellent rail and road connections.

For an informal discussion or further details, please contact:

Either Professor Chris Proudman –


Professor Roberto La Ragione –

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to L3.6 (£31,302) per annum (full time) to successful applicants which have been awarded, but are yet to receive their PhD certificate. Once the verified original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Dept, the salary will be increased to L4.1 (£32,236) per annum (full time).




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