Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Metal Biochemistry

University of Oxford - Department of Earth Sciences

Grade 7: £30,738 - £37,768 with a discretionary range to £41,255 p.a.

The department seeks to appoint a PDRA to work under the direction of Professor Alex Halliday.

The PDRA will be responsible for the development of isotopic methods of relevance to biomedicine, with a particular focus on breast cancer. They will investigate biological trace metal utilisation using biochemical, biological and geochemical techniques across three different laboratories in a collaborative interdisciplinary project. The PDRA will also write proposals for funding and publicise their research. For this position, experience with cell culture is essential. Experience with HPLC methods and the use of trace element chemical and/or isotopic compositions are desirable but not essential. In the case of no HPLC or isotopic composition experience, the ability to learn the associated techniques quickly and accurately is essential.

The successful candidate will have an advanced degree (PhD) in a relevant area, have proven dexterity and skills in the laboratory. They will have the ability to work independently as well as with others in a large and diverse research team and will be expected to contribute to the general activities of the geochemistry group at Oxford University. They must also have good written and oral communication skills. Experience in MC-ICP-MS and experience in purification and analysis of isotopes is preferable, but not essential.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for 18 months in the first instance, with opportunity to apply for further funding. For further details please see the job description.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 10 November 2016. Interviews will be taking place on Friday 9 December 2016.

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