Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Salary: Starting salary in the range of £28,452 to £33,943 per annum depending on qualifications and experience

The College wishes to recruit an Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Prof. Thomas Richards. This Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funded post is available from 1st May  2017 and based within Biosciences and the Living System Institute at the University of Exeter. This is part of a large project in collaboration with Dr. Stefano Pagliara at the University of Exeter and Dr. Alyson Santoro at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The aim of the project is to develop a new approach for characterizing the ‘nutrient trade markets’ in nutrient restricted environments such as the open Oceans. This approach will therefore allow us to understand which microbes are utilizing which nutrients.

The role of the post holder will include expression of target proteins identified from environmental transcriptome data in model systems such as yeast and E. coli, designing constructs for gene synthesis, identifying heterologous protein localization and making use of a phenotype array to identify nutrients trafficked by the transporter protein of interest. The project is likely to expand into kinetic and comparative uptake assays for a subset of the transporters investigated. Experience with protein expression and purification of membrane proteins is highly desirable. The work will also involve collaboration with a bioinformatician and a biophysicist using giant synthetic vesicles to further characterize protein function

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally and in writing and will prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. Applicants will be able to identify and deign DNA sequences for synthesis, be proficient in cloning in at least one model system and have some experience in interpreting the results of bioinformatics analysis. The post would suit a candidate with interest in environmental molecular microbiology, marine microbiology or synthetic biology.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

For further information please contact Professor Tom Richards, e-mail or telephone (01392) 724603.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P54943 in any correspondence.

For appointment at Postdoctoral Research Associate level, the starting salary will be from £28,452 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. For appointment at Postdoctoral Research Fellow level, the salary will be £33,943 on Grade F. Appointment at Grade F will be subject to additional criteria and role responsibilities as defined in the job description.

Interviews are expected to take place late December/early January

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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