Research Fellow in Environmental Chemistry and Antimicrobial Resistance
- University of Leeds
- Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
- Job Number: 7080993 (Ref #: ENVGE1151)
- Posting Date: Jul 12, 2021
Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?
Do you have an established background in environmental chemical pollution?
You will work with Dr Laura Carter, Professor Lisa Collins and Professor Alex O’Neill, on a research project designed to evaluate the risk of antibiotics introduced into agricultural systems.
The use of sustainable agricultural practices such as treated wastewater irrigation and organic soil amendments are inadvertently introducing emerging contaminants to our agro-ecosystems. It is therefore essential that we can quantify the risks associated with introducing these bioactive chemicals into agricultural systems, given that these practices are set to increase in response to depleting freshwater supplies and a drive to move away from chemical-based fertilisers.
Of particular concern is the introduction of a group of emerging contaminants known as antibiotics. It has been suggested that the environment acts as a reservoir of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with agricultural systems suggested to play a role in the dissemination of antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs). This project will build on existing work which has quantified the presence of antibiotics in the environment by investigating the fate of antibiotics in controlling resistance gene selection. Through a combination of laboratory and field scale investigations at the University of Leeds Farm, outcomes of this work will offer a paradigm shift in how we consider the risks of antibiotics in the environment by combining expertise in the fields of agriculture, microbiology, and environmental science.
We are looking for an enthusiastic Post-Doctoral researcher with a background in environmental chemistry to join our team in the University of Leeds to design and undertake a programme of research that evaluates the risk of antibiotics in farming systems following the use of organic soil amendments. A background in considering the risk of antibiotics in the environment from an antimicrobial resistance perspective would be desirable but this is not essential, as training will be provided to support this analysis.
You should have a PhD (or be very close to obtaining a PhD) in Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Environmental Biology – or a related discipline with a significant component of environmental analysis – and be able to demonstrate a combination of enthusiasm and expertise in environmental chemistry.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
UKRI Future Leader Fellow and University Academic Fellow
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3205, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair in Animal Science
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5940, email: L.Collins@leeds.ac.uk
Professor in Antimicrobial Research
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5600, email: A.J.ONeill@leeds.ac.uk
|Location:||Leeds - Main Campus|
|Faculty/Service:||Faculty of Environment|
|School/Institute:||School of Geography|
|Salary:||£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.|
|Working Time:||100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements|
|Post Type:||Full Time|
|Contract Type:||Fixed Term (until 31.07.22 due to external funding)|
|Release Date:||Monday 12 July 2021|
|Closing Date:||Wednesday 11 August 2021|
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