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SU New logoPostdoctoral Fellowship position in the Water Resource Laboratory

Microbiology Department 

Deadline: 28 November 2022
The Postdoctoral fellowship will involve designing and optimising a large-scale combination biocontrol (i.e. predatory bacteria and /or bacteriophages in combination with solar disinfection/solar pasteurization) at the pilot-scale level. Hereafter, the most efficient large-scale biocontrol/solar reactor treatment system combination will be validated in field trials and the health risk of exposure to MDR and XDR ESKAPE strains persisting after treatment will be estimated using risk assessment models.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
• Work independently and collaboratively to achieve the objectives of the project
• Perform co-supervisory duties of Hons and MSc students within the research group
• Contribute to the writing and submission of articles to scientific journals
• Assist with the co-writing of funding applications
• PhD in Microbiology or a related field, obtained within the last 5 years
• Experience working with predatory bacteria, bacteriophages and/or the development of biocontrol strategies
• Background in molecular-based assays (qPCR, RT-qPCR and NGS) and quantitative microbial risk assessment
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
Value of the fellowship:
The fellowship is available for a minimum period of one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, dependent on satisfactory progress and available funding. Please note that postdoctoral fellows are not appointed as employees and are therefore not eligible for employee benefits. The fellowship is awarded tax free.
How to apply:
Complete applications should be emailed to Prof Wesaal Khan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications should contain the following documents:
• Cover letter
• Complete Curriculum Vitae
• Academic transcript
• Title of PhD and year obtained
• Complete list of scientific outputs, including journal articles and conference outputs
• Contact details of PhD supervisor(s) and at least one other academic reference
Application Deadline: 28 November 2022                                                                Commencement of Fellowship: 1 March 2023
Please direct any queries to Prof Wesaal Khan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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