Job title: Environmental Microbiologist – (FOG) Wastewater product development
Company: Lancaster University
Expected salary: £25000 – 28000 per year
Location: Lancaster
Job description:
We are a bioremediation company that produces ecologically friendly non-pathogenic bacterial products to treat wastewater and contaminated lands. We are looking for a Microbiologist to work on an exciting project that aims to develop a bacterial product to break down fat, oils and grease (FOG) in wastewater. Our product development team consists of LEC PhD alumni that are currently based in the Gordon Manley Building of the Lancaster Environment Centre.

More background to our work can be found here:

The role will involve conducting microbial culturing, performing enzymatic assays, and designing laboratory experiments that will be scaled up to field conditions, field trips to sample from our experimental sites and developing standard operational procedures/protocols.

Please note: this role is not suitable for current Lancaster University Undergraduates and is a Full Time Graduate position at a Master’s level.

Interviews: Between 14th 15th and 16th June 2021

Application deadline: 7th June 2021

Job type: Full time – £25,000 – £28,000 a year

Job location: Lancaster, UK

Candidates must submit: Cover Letter and CV

Inquiries and applications should be sent to: Dr. Gabriela Meirelles via email to

Job Description

The main duties of the role will include:
  • Developing a systematic literature review on the research subject.
  • Developing assays that alter the efficacy of microbial nutrient use, enzyme production or survivability.
  • Detailed understanding of the Nitrogen cycle and the role that microorganisms play in it.
  • Culture of different organisms on specialist media.
  • Testing different carbon sources for different bacterial strains.
  • Maintaining good written records of experimental results.
  • Contributing to health, safety and wellbeing of all members of staff and ensure that all members follow laboratory health & safety policies and risk assessments.
  • Monitoring microbial growth in field samples during trials.
  • Evaluating microbial growth within a septic tank.
  • Evaluating the effects of environmental changes on microbial performance.
  • Using molecular techniques to identify specific strains in wastewater.
  • Preparing and analyzing datasets that arise from the field and laboratory experiments e.g., database organization, cleaning, preparation of data and providing statistical analyses.
  • Providing periodical technical/scientific reports for the line manager.
  • Planning and managing own activities and priorities to meet project targets.
  • Engaging with colleagues, collaborators, and project co-investigators.
Person Specification

We’re looking for a professional, dynamic and motivated individual with the ability to work alone and as part of a team, and also have/be:

  • A master’s degree in Microbiology/Biochemistry.
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment and complying with COSHH requirements.
  • Great experience culturing microorganisms in the laboratory.
  • Understanding in processing genetic analyses/sequencing assays e.g. bioinformatics for next gen sequencing or similar.
  • Passion for innovation and problem solving.
  • Experience with kinetics parameter estimation and stoichiometries.
  • Experience with GHG sampling and analyses.
  • Communicative, organized and committed.
  • Good skills in word, excel and database management.
  • Good statistical knowledge.
You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.


Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit
Job date: Sun, 13 Jun 2021 00:47:04 GMT


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