Experienced Microbiologist

Merseyside, Port Sunlight
£27900 - £33760 per annum
04 Feb 2019
14 Feb 2019
Manpower UK
Job Type

An excellent opportunity has arisen to join a world leading global organisation, our global FMCG client Unilever, the powerhouse behind brands such as Domestos, Cif, Sure and Persil have an opening for a Microbiologist for a 1 year contract. This post will be based from Unilever's prestigious Research & Development Facility in Port Sunlight, Wirral, paying between £27,900 to £33,760 per annum.

This role is for a microbiologist working at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight as part of the Discover Group working on Personal Care projects. The role will involve working on the following areas

  • Provide microbiological support for the Deodorants Human Testing programme, specifically:
    • Collection of human samples from Deodorants Sensory Study panellists
    • Processing of samples for microbial analysis by a variety of methods: traditional culture; qPCR; metataxonomics
    • Conducting the relevant microbiological tests (culture & qPCR), processing the data, and preparing study reports
    • Formal reporting of results & conclusions to line & programme management
    • Support the development & validation of in-vitro preclinical assays
    • Preclinical evaluation of lead technologies & prototype products

The role holder will be expected to report results and make recommendations both in written and verbal form to key stakeholders. The role holder will work with one main project team to determine microbiological work plans, conduct experimental studies and act as the microbiology contact for the work. Training will be provided but prior experience in molecular biology (qPCR as a minimum) would be strongly preferred.


  • Ability to manage own work plan, including experimental activities, data analysis and reporting
  • Ability to work independently under the guidance of senior team member
  • Ability to learn, adapt and develop current methodologies where appropriate, demonstrating an ability to problem solve where necessary
  • Show scientific integrity and follow safe working practices.

  • Experience and Skills

  • Degree in microbiology or a closely related science area
  • Good working knowledge and experience of microbiological procedures including
  • aseptic technique
  • culturing range of bacteria following standard scientific procedures.
  • use of single and multichannel pipettes, plate readers, robotic work stations, safety cabinets etc.
  • preparation of basic laboratory reagents/culture media and associated safe handling.

  • Previous experience in molecular biology techniques for DNA including
  • Extraction of DNA, PCR
  • Quantification and visualisation of PCR products

  • Ability to present and report results and recommendations to project teams
  • Good working knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Ability to conduct scientific searches and basic statistical analysis

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