Research Fellow in Cell and Molecular Structural Biology of Reproduction

University of Leeds - Faculty of Biological Sciences

Project Title: Structure and function of 50 nm extracellular filaments in reproduction

Drosophila melanogaster is a widely used model animal and many of its cellular mechanisms are similar in diverse species, including humans. A striking feature of Drosophila reproduction reported 50 years ago, but not explored since concerns large numbers of 50 nm diameter extracellular filaments found in the male accessory gland (MAG), which is the equivalent of the human prostate. The filaments are transferred to the female during copulation. This project aims to discover the composition, function and high resolution structure of of the 50 nm filaments and determine their occurrence across the animal kingdom.

You should have a PhD (or be close to completion) in Cell or Structural Molecular Biology or a closely allied discipline. A strong background in structural molecular biology, including electron microscopy and experience of working with Drosophila is desirable.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof John Trinick, tel +44 (0)113 343 4350, email

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Location: Leeds - Main Campus

School/Institute: School of Molecular & Cellular Biology

Grade: Grade 7

Salary: £32,004 to £38,183 per annum

Due to funding limitations an appointment will not be made above £32,004 p.a.

Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)

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