Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Biochemistry

Research Associate - Centre for Natural Material Innovation, Department of Biochemistry

Our Leverhulme Programme Grant brings together plant scientists, biochemists, chemists, engineers, mathematicians, and architects to develop new natural materials capable of providing a renewable and energy-efficient alternative to traditional manufactured materials.

Applications are invited for Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in plant cell wall biochemistry. The post holder will be in the lab of Professor Paul Dupree. The project aims are to understand the molecular architecture of the plant cell wall, and to apply these findings to the improvement of natural material use. The post holder will work as part of a team of biochemists to understand the biosynthesis and structure of xylan in wood, bamboo and also in Arabidopsis as a model species. Our recent work has contributed to a significant advance in understanding of cell wall structure (Nature communications 7:13902). Previous experience in one or more of carbohydrate/polysaccharide analysis, solid state NMR of biological materials or plant cell wall biology is essential.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives and research grant proposals. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research, with guidance as required, and to be able to write research publications. The holder must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. Supervision of student projects and delivery of research seminars are also required.

Applicants must have (or be about to receive) a PhD in biochemistry or plant sciences or similar discipline, must have a good command of oral and written English.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until September 2019 in the first instance.

Informal enquiries about the position can be sent to Prof Paul Dupree (

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Enquiries about the online application process can be sent to Adriana Dote (

Please quote reference PH13024 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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