Research Fellow in Environmental Chemistry and Antimicrobial Resistance

United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Jan 05, 2021
Feb 04, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?

Do you want to be part of multidisciplinary team aiming to understand the impact of the release antimicrobial manufacturing waste on microbial ecosystems?

Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health challenge. The evolution and emergence of antimicrobial resistance is known to be underpinned by a number of complex environmental and anthropological factors, including the release of active antimicrobial compounds from antimicrobial manufacturing plants into the environment.

The prevalence of high levels of antimicrobial compounds in the environment will create a selection pressure for bacteria to be able to resist the action of these compounds, however, antimicrobial production waste is likely to contain a multitude of combinations of chemical compounds beyond the actual antimicrobial being produced. The concentrations and components of this waste remain relatively unquantified.

Using a suite of state of-the-art instrumentation including targeted and non-targeted mass spectrometry, this project will evaluate the complete chemical composition of antimicrobial production waste to understand which chemical mixtures are released into the environment. Research will focus on the situation in India, as a major producer of antimicrobials.

Information on the components of antimicrobial production waste will feed into a wider UK-India collaboration bringing together expertise in environmental chemistry, microbial evolution, microbal geonomics and metagenomics, as part of the recently funded NERC programme 'India-UK Tackling AMR in the Environment from Antimicrobial Manufacturing Waste' . The University of Leeds will take the lead on characterising antimicrobial production waste to inform work carried out at the Institute of Microbiology and Infection - University of Birmingham to understand which components of antimicrobial production waste can select for evolution and resistance to antibiotics.

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 analyse a range of environmental samples (aquatic and terrestrial), following a spatio-temporal sampling campaign in India, to understand the composition of antimicrobial production waste and the fate of these chemicals in the receiving environment.

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:

Dr Laura Carter

University Academic Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3205, email: