Professor J Grant Burgess is a marine microbiologist who completed his first degree in biotechnology at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London (now Kings College). After a PhD in molecular biology from Imperial College under Neil Hunter (FRS), he worked in Tokyo for five years in the field of Marine Biotechnology. He then took up a lectureship in Marine Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University where he worked in the area of marine microbial ecology investigating microbial antagonism and production of antibiotics from marine bacteria. In October 2005 he took up his current post at Newcastle where he works on marine microbial biofilms and applied marine microbiology.
BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology, Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, 1986
PhD, Molecular Biology, Imperial College, University of London, 1990
I contribute to the following undergraduate modules;
MST1104:Marine Study Skills
MST2104:Marine Research and Employability Skills
MST2105:Marine Practical Skills
MST3101:Advanced Marine Biology
MST3104:Research Project: Marine Biology
MST3105:Research Project: Marine Zoology
MST3106:Research Project: Marine Biology and Oceanography
Professor J Grant Burgess of the School of Marine Science and Technology is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to develop novel enzymatic approaches to target biofilm-related soils that are relevant to fast-moving consumer products.
The School of Marine Science and Technology has built a world-leading cross Faculty research group to undertake applied multi-disciplinary research aimed at carrying out fundamental research on biofilms and the role of biofilm-derived components in soil adhesion to surfaces.
The current trend towards more sustainable cold and quick washing processes has increased the involvement of microbes and their biofilm chemistry in soil adhesion. This project aims to identify new enzymes for potential application in fast-moving consumer products that are able to improve cleaning by targeting these soils under environmentally friendly washing conditions.
The post-holder will work with Professor Grant Burgess, Dr Michael Hall and Dr Achim Treumann, as well as P&G’s enzyme application leaders at their Newcastle Innovation Centre in Newcastle.
The applicant should be close to completing a PhD or hold a PhD and have experience in one of the following areas: microbiology, bacterial enzymology, microbial physiology or similar and a knowledge or experience of proteomics / bioinformatics would be an advantage.
The post is full time for a fixed-term of up to 12 months with a starting date of April / May 2016. The post may be extended depending on progress made.
£29,800 - £32,970 per annum (Research Assistant)
Level of appointment will depend upon qualifications and experience.
For informal enquiries please email Professor J Grant Burgess at the address below as soon as possible attaching a CV and with the term “P&G Postdoc” in the title of the email.
A formal application process will be posted via the University’s HR web site in due course.
Novel bioactive compounds from marine bacteria, chemical defense in marine microbes, antifouling compounds from marine bacteria, microbiology of deep sea sediments, sponge microbiology. Regulation of biofilm production and biofilm dispersal in marine Bacillus licheniformis, and more recently marine fermentation and bioprocessing / biotechnological applications of microbial nucleases.
Tristano Bachetti De Gregoris (PhD awarded Summer 2011) co-supervised with Prof Tony Clare
Jinwei Zhang (PhD awarded May 2011)
Nithya Rajarajan (PhD)
Jodie Symington (EngD)
Chelsea Brain (EngD)
Rob Shields (PhD, 2010 - 2014)
Rekha Subramanian (MPhil 2010-11)
Sarah Smith (MSc Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology 2011)
Aggie Cangardel (MPhil 2011-12)
Chris Armsby (MPhil 2012-13)
Edward Mason (MPhil 2012-13)
Kawther Al-Belushi (PhD 2012-2016)
Andrea Pujol (MD 2012-16)
Martin Marsh (MD 2013-2016)