Post-Doctoral Researcher (Level 2)

Birkbeck College, University of London - Department of Biological Sciences

Purpose and Main Duties
The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking a committed and creative Post-Doctoral Researcher to join a small team led by Professor Helen Saibil at Birkbeck carrying out research into the molecular and cellular mechanisms of protein aggregation and disaggregation. The research, funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, involves molecular and cellular electron microscopy studies of the protein quality control machinery and its action in preventing or reversing protein aggregation and toxicity. The work includes collaborations with research groups in Germany, the UK and the US. Information on the research group can be found at

Birkbeck College, University of London ( is a world-class research and teaching institution. The Department of Biological Sciences is a multidisciplinary department formed from the merging of the Schools of Crystallography and Biological and Chemical Sciences ( It forms part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology: (, a centre of excellence jointly with the Department of Structural & Molecular Biology at UCL. The Institute provides a world-class biomedical science research environment.

Candidate Requirements
Applicants should possess a PhD in structural cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics or a related area, and relevant research publications.

Further Information

Salary: Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £36,548 rising to £41,772 per annum.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and fixed term for up to 35 months. The salary quoted above is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 12 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

Completed applications must be received by midnight on the closing date above.

Interviews will be held in late November/early December 2016.

For further information on this opportunity contact Helen Saibil, email: or telephone 0207 631 6820. A link to the PDF document containing the job description and person specification can be found on the college's website, accessed by pressing the apply button below.

Birkbeck is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of their sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. Birkbeck is a member of the ‘positive about disability’ two ticks scheme and guarantees to interview all candidates who meet the essential criteria for the post.

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