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Research Fellow

Human Nutrition & Metabolism

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £30,942 to £34,804
Full Time Fixed Term (until 30/06/2021)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 03 November 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1294520AF

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow to join the Faculty of Medicine, School of Human Development and Health based at Southampton University Hospital Trust. The successful candidate will join a research team involved in collaborative projects working with the Universities of Oxford, Virginia and Washington. These projects aim to characterise the metabolic perturbations associated with different forms of early-life malnutrition in infants from Kenya and Tanzania and the biochemical impact of different interventions. This will be achieved through 1H NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry-based metabolic phenotyping approaches coupled to a range of univariate and multivariate statistical techniques. This research will seek to identify biomarkers of gut health and biochemical features with potential to predict health and developmental outcomes.

The post holder will be required to process, house and analyse multi-platform data generated by the project team to identify relevant spectral features and metabolic pathways associated with undernutrition, gut health and developmental outcomes. 

The role requires expertise in NMR and MS-based metabolomics, classical statistics, infectious diseases, nutrition, and human development. In addition, experience in method development to design and optimise mass spectrometry-based assays for targeted metabolic pathways will also be required. This role will be involved in database management with respect to curation, storage and distribution of the data. Data will be mapped to biological pathways and interpretation will be achieved together with input from other team members.

The successful candidate should have experience in metabolic profiling and an understanding of how early-life events impact on the metabolic phenotype. A PhD or equvilent professional qualification and experience in global health, infectious biology, and analytical chemistry, with experience in metabolomics is essential.

This full-time position is offered for a fixed-term until 30/06/2021 in the first instance.  The post will be aligned to the Faculty of Medicine, School of Human Development and Health based at Southampton University Trust (Southampton General Hospital) and Highfield campus. 

For further information please contact Prof Jonathan Swann (

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1294520AF on all correspondence. 


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