Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

A new postdoctoral associate position in fluid mechanics is available at University of Cambridge. The funds for this fellowship are available for two years. The deadline for applying is December 07, 2018.

‘Excising Infection in the Surgical Environment [ExISE]’ is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the wider UK Research Council initiative ‘Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance’ [AMR]. An interdisciplinary team of academics in infectious diseases, pathogen transmission, architecture, history and philosophy of science, fluid mechanics and history of art will introduce a design perspective to AMR research by investigating the physical environments for surgery.

The project builds on the scoping work of the Principle Investigator’s NHS-funded ‘Bloody Rooms’ project which enabled a basic understanding of the behaviour of pathogens within airflows in a hospital room. The aim of the research is to develop a better understanding of the risk of aerosol related Surgical Site Infections [SSI] in operating theatres through re-examining the evidence and completing new research. The work may lead to the reinvention of the physical surgical environment to a greater or lesser degree. Designing out transmission routes for SSI could ultimately reduce the reactive use of antibiotics post-surgery and hence their contribution to AMR.

The current research role is based in the Department of Medicine, under Co-Investigator Dr Lydia Drumright, University Lecturer in Clinical Informatics, on a 100% fte basis for the duration of 12 months.

The successful applicant will be required to have some knowledge in microbiology, medicine or infectious diseases to conduct a literature review on surgical site infections and airborne pathogen transmission in operating theatres, and either (a) data analysis experience in order to investigate the associations between surgical theatres and risk in real NHS hospitals from routinely collected data or (b) expertise in qualitative interview and data analyses in order to understand beliefs perceived risk among surgeons. The researcher will be responsible for the collection of qualitative evidence from surgeons and other stakeholders on the fitness for purpose of operating theatres, infection control risks, behaviours, procedures, and protocols. There may also be an opportunity to observe surgeries.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.


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