About the Project
The student will be trained in laboratory methods including microbiology, experimental evolution, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. Background in any of these subjects would be useful, but more important are enthusiasm for soil microbiology/microbial evolution and ecology, self-motivation, and the drive to develop an independent research project. Students will also develop general research skills such as scientific writing, presentation, literature reviewing, and statistical analysis, developing skills that will place them in an excellent position for a future scientific career. The project will be jointly based in the Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield as part of the ACCE Doctoral Training Partnership.
Applicants should generally have an upper second or first class degree in biological sciences or any other relevant field. Please get in touch by email if you have any questions about this project or your application — informal pre-application enquiries are strongly encouraged.
Applications (CV, letter of application, 2 referees) by email to [Email Address Removed] deadline: January 8th 2020. Interviews in or after the week commencing : 10th February 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed for only one project from the ACCE partnership.
Hall, Harrison, Lilley, Paterson, Spiers & Brockhurst (2015). Environmentally co-occurring mercury resistance plasmids are genetically and phenotypically diverse and confer variable context-dependent fitness effects. Environmental Microbiology, 17(12): 5008-5022.
Hall, Wood, Harrison & Brockhurst (2016) Source–sink plasmid transfer dynamics maintain gene mobility in soil bacterial communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113: 8260-8265.
Langarica-Fuentes, Manrubia, Giles, Mitchell & Daniell (2018) Effect of model root exudate on denitrifier community dynamics and activity at different water-filled pore space levels in a fertilised soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 120, 70-79.
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