Research Fellow (80455-077)

University of Warwick - Department of Chemistry

Fixed term for 3 years.

A post-doctoral research position, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is available in the group of Dr. Claudia Blindauer, from 4th September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter, for up to 3 years.

The project “A quantitative framework linking extracellular zinc speciation and cell uptake” will explore molecular mechanisms of mammalian zinc dynamics. We will collaborate with Dr. Hugo van den Berg (Warwick Systems Biology) and Dr. Alan Stewart (Medical School, St. Andrews).

The Warwick-based PDRA will develop and use “metalloproteomics” approaches to study extracellular zinc speciation in mammalian blood plasma; this will entail chromatography and other separation techniques, metal quantitation by ICP-MS, and protein identification by state-of-the-art mass spectrometry. Zinc cell uptake experiments will be conducted at St. Andrews, with respective samples to be analysed by ICP-MS at Warwick.

Candidates must (or soon will) have completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related discipline. A background in either (Bio-)Inorganic or (Bio-)Analytical Chemistry would be advantageous, and candidates with experience with one or more of the experimental techniques mentioned above will be preferred. A proven ability for effective research in all its facets (including practical work, planning, time management, communication, scientific writing), as demonstrated by an appropriate publication record, is essential.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently and as part of a research team, and will be able and willing to support the supervision of junior researchers. They will also prepare manuscripts, reports, and present research outcomes at national and international conferences.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr. Claudia Blindauer (

Information about the Blindauer group can be found at

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,453 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,301 pa).

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Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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