This BBSRC-funded collaborative project between Professor George Salmond (Biochemistry) and Professor Ray Goldstein (DAMTP) involves the study of the morphogenesis and regulation of gas vesicles (intracellular buoyancy chambers) in enterobacteria. In particular it will investigate the role of quorum sensing and other environmental cues in the regulation of flotation. (see: Ramsay, J et al, (2011) PNAS, 108: 14932-7 & Ramsay, J and Salmond, G (2012) Communicative and Integrative Biology, 5, 96-98).
The successful candidate will have a PhD in molecular microbiology or a related bioscience with experimental skills in bacterial genetics, biochemistry, functional genomics or microbial physiology. The post is based in the Biochemistry department but will involve some experimental work in DAMTP. An interest in mathematical modelling would be beneficial. The post is for up to three years and is available from November 2012.
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