Sexually transmissible enteric infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) are increasing worldwide and often show antimicrobial resistance (AMR), like many other sexually transmitted infections. During this project you will initiate sampling of patients at Axess Sexual Health Liverpool (Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) to quantitate AMR among sexual orientation groups and examine potential drivers for AMR to identify opportunities for intervention.
In this interdisciplinary project you will gain expertise in sociological survey, laboratory culture and testing, genomics and metagenomics, and statistical analysis. The project is supervised by Dr Kate Baker (primary) and Professor Miren Iturriza-Gomara at the University of Liverpool, Dr Claire Jenkins at Public Health England, Dr Xavier Didelot at the University of Warwick, and collaborate with clinical research partners Drs Emily Clarke and Mark Lawton at the Axess Sexual Health Liverpool, and the Health Protection Research Unit in Sexually Transmitted Infections at University College London.
We invite applications from candidates who have a 2.1 or 1st class degree in a relevant biological science or quantitative science discipline. A Masters degree in a relevant discipline would be an advantage.
Applicants should send a full CV (including the names and email addresses of at least two academic referees), and personal statement to [email protected]. This should state: • An outline of how this programme of research and training will benefit from their past experience and impact upon their career aspirations.
The position may be based at either, The University of Liverpool, The University of Warwick or PHE (Colindale/ Porton Down), depending on the project. For some projects, students will be required to work at one of the partner Universities’ and spend time at PHE.
Thesis studentships cover research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for students who meet the residency requirements only.