Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Drinking Water Microbiology

Cranfield University

Cranfield, , GB

Role Description

Cranfield University, Water Theme, Cranfield Water Sciences welcomes applications from Microbiology / Virology / Biology / Infectious Disease graduates with a PhD in relevant subjects.

Cranfield University’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

The Water theme at Cranfield University is home to two internationally recognised centres of excellence: Cranfield Water Science Institute and the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D). Both groups offer postgraduate taught and research degrees as well as short courses on campus or in-company. If you have ambitions, research needs, or training requirements in the areas of water or design we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Cranfield Water Science Institute has a proud reputation for its research on the science, engineering and management of water. Our lives and livelihoods are dependent on the natural and engineered water cycles. Accordingly, research and skills development in water treatment and management have never been more vital. Cranfield’s research in these areas is applied and industry focused, and we have been driving innovation for over 40 years.

This project aims to determine the prevalence of human enteric virus in UK drinking waters. The main deliverable will be an UKWIR report which will detail the prevalence of virus in selected UK water sources and water treatment works and guide direction of future research.

You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in Microbiology or Virology have experience of management research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. With excellent communication skills, you will have expertise in drinking water / wastewater and a background in environmental or engineered systems would be an advantage. Equivalent industry experience would be considered”

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In return, you will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to be at the forefront of research into drinking water virology and quantitative microbial risk assessment of drinking water, alongside world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here. We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Francis Hassard, Lecturer in Public Health Microbiology, on (T); +44 (0)1234 758302 or +44 (0)1234 750111 (E); [email protected]