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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (Horizon 2020): Individual Fellowships – Understanding regulation of antibiotic production in actinomycetes

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    Edge Hill University
    United Kingdom
    Natural sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2) (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)
    Established Researcher (R3) (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
    Leading Researcher (R4) (Researchers leading their research area or field)

Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (Horizon 2020): Individual Fellowship – Understanding regulation of antibiotic production in actinomycetes

Location – Ormskirk

Salary - £44,992 per annum

Hours – Full-time

Contract type – Fixed term

Salary in accordance with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme which is a fixed living and mobility allowance, plus an additional family allowance for applicants with parental responsibilities

The Department of Biology at Edge Hill University has a thriving interdisciplinary research culture which is currently looking to recruit international researchers under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships scheme. Considerable financial contribution has been made recently to the microbiology research facilities at Edge Hill University. This includes allocation of a dedicated research laboratory within the Technology Hub, which includes a single floor dedicated to Biotechnology which incorporates dedicated microbiology facilities including an actinomycete cultivation room in addition to the latest molecular biology equipment provision.

Dr. Lorena Fernández-Martínez has an international profile for her research on understanding the complex regulatory pathways that lead to antibiotic production in Actinobacteria with a particular interest in lantibiotics. She holds international funding supporting research in novel antibiotics from Colombian actinomycete strains as well as research trying to understand the regulation of cryptic pathways from industrial Streptomyces strains. To know more about Lorena’s research interests and current projects please visit the Actinomycetes Biology and Antibiotic discovery research page.

The department is now looking for an individual who can contribute to the development of this field of research. In particular, we are interested to see proposals related to the following areas:

  • Understanding regulation of antibiotic production from actinomycetes.

  • Understanding expression of cryptic clusters from actinomycetes under different growth conditions.

  • Understanding global transcriptional patterns in actinomycete strains.

  • Identifying actinomycetes from different environments.

  • Microbial ecology of actinomycetes and their role in different habitats.



Description of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme

The Individual Fellowships (IF) scheme provides opportunities for ‘experienced researchers’ to move between (or to) Member States of the European Union and the associated countries who also participate in Horizon 2020, by taking up a fully funded research fellowship for a period of 12-24 months. The grant provides researchers with up to two years' salary, a mobility allowance, family allowance (if eligible) along with funding for research, training and networking. Full details of the scheme are available at http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Applicants should be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience

  • At the time of the deadline for submission (12 September 2018), have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline.


Submitting an Expression of Interest

Interested applicants should submit a one-page CV, an outline of the proposed research, including confirmation that you are eligible to apply under this scheme (maximum 1,000 words) and a cover letter highlighting why you believe your work will contribute to the research in the Department of Biology at Edge Hill University as the host institution (maximum 500 words).

Please submit these in Word format by 5pm Friday 13th July to the Research Office at Edge Hill University at research@edgehill.ac.uk

If you have any subject specific queries please contact Dr. Lorena Fernández-Martínez at fernandl@edgehill.ac.uk

Review of expressions of interest will start after the 13st July 2018 deadline. Proposals will be evaluated based on research quality and the applicant’s future career prospects. The successful applicant will be supported in completing their application by the scheme deadline of 12th September 2018.

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