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Department of Health Technology and Informatics

Research Assistant (two posts)

(Ref. 240102004)

[Appointment period: each for twelve months]

Duties 

The appointees will assist the project leader in the research project - “One health approach in food and environmental microbiology”.   He/She will be required to:

(a) isolate and culture microbial organisms from various food and environmental samples; 

(b) perform nucleic acid extraction from different types of samples;

(c) utilise molecular biology techniques, such as RT-qPCR, for the quantification and analysis viral targets;

(d) conduct next-generation sequencing to explore microbial communities and pathogen genomics;

(e) employ MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry for the identification and characterisation of microbial isolates; 

(f) ensure strict adherence to laboratory safety protocols and proper documentation of all research activities;

(g) execute a combination of bench work and data analysis; and

(h) collaborate with interdisciplinary teams.

Qualifications

Applicants should:

(a) have an honours degree in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology or an equivalent qualification, preferably from a reputable university or a well-recognised university (i.e. the top 100 universities for STEM subjects of interest in the world university ranking tables); and

(b) have experience and laboratory skills of basic molecular biology techniques including PCR/qPCR.

Preference will be given to those with experience and laboratory skills of microbiology and cell culture.

Applicants are invited to contact Prof. Gilman Siu or Dr Joshua Fung by email gilman.siu@polyu.edu.hk or joshua.fung@polyu.edu.hk for further information.

Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered.


Consideration of applications will commence on 9 January 2024 until the positions are filled.



Posting date: 2 January 2024