Bacterial biofilms have a profound significance in both in infections and in biotechnological applications.
A major award has been made by the UK science agency BBSRC (the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council) to a team led by Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall that has been carefully assembled to combine skills in molecular microbiology and biofilm formation rheology, optical imaging, protein self-assembly, biopolymers, mathematical modelling, and carbohydrate chemistry that will lead to a complete quantitative description of a bacterial biofilm.
The successful applicant for this specific post will work with Prof Stanley-Wall and Prof Fordyce Davidson (renowned for his work in modelling microbial systems) to develop an enhanced understanding of the physico-mechanical properties of the biofilm matrix through a combination of mathematical modelling and laboratory experiments. The applicant will work in collaboration with the other researchers in the consortium to place this information into an overarching model of biofilm structure, function and dynamics.
• Division of Molecular Microbiology (http://www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/research/mmb)
• School of Life Sciences (http://www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/)
• School of Science and Engineering (http://www.dundee.ac.uk/scienceengineering/)
• Division of Mathematics (http://www.dundee.ac.uk/scienceengineering/mathematics/)
• University of Dundee (http://www.dundee.ac.uk)
A few facts about The University of Dundee:
• The School of Life Sciences was the top-rated university biology department in the UK in the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework.
• The School of Life Sciences has over 900 research and support staff from 59 countries and external funding in excess of £40 million per year
Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine
• The School of Life Sciences has outstanding laboratory and technological infrastructure.
• Mathematics at University of Dundee the top rated unit in Scotland and 8th in UK in the 2014 national Research Excellence Framework.
• Mathematics has a long-established internationally leading reputation in mathematical biology and has well-established links with the School of Life Sciences