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Research Fellow for the Alborada Well Foal Study

Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £36,024 to £39,347 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 22 July 2024
Reference:  029624

Duration: 36 months, sponsored by The Alborada Trust

Principal Investigators:

          Professor Chris Proudman

          Professor Roberto La Ragione 

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral microbiome scientist. This post is to provide dedicated laboratory, bioinformatics and data analysis expertise to phase II of the Alborada Well Foal Study which has two workstreams: i) use of in vitro equine gut models to explore mitigation of the impact of antimicrobial therapy on gut microbiota, and ii) an epidemiological study to determine routes of transmission and colonisation of gut bacteria from mare to foal. The post holder will be primarily responsible (with technician support) for the design and delivery of in vitro gut model studies, for preparation of samples for sequencing, and for bioinformatics and data analysis. In collaboration with other investigators, the post-holder will lead on writing high quality scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The post is based in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Science at the University of Surrey, within the School of Veterinary Medicine in Guildford, Surrey. You will be part of a growing, inter-disciplinary research group with a strong international reputation. The school and wider Faculty of Health and Medical Science has a strategic commitment to One Health research which is reflected in a diverse range of research groups investigating health and disease in humans and animals.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of gut microbiome research and experience of working on previous projects in this field. Competency in computational bioinformatics is essential and previous experience of multi-variable data analysis will be very useful in this role. 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, childcare assistance and discounted membership of university sports facilities.

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

For an informal discussion or further details, please contact:

Either Professor Chris Proudman –

or Professor Roberto La Ragione –

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.






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