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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Membrane Protein Crystallisation

University of Oxford - Department of Biochemistry

Location: Oxford
Salary: £31,604 to £38,833 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th July 2018
Closes: 31st August 2018
Job Ref: 136086

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the laboratories of Professor John Vakonakis and Professor Maike Bublitz. The successful candidate will develop an exciting, novel methodology for the crystallisation of membrane proteins utilising ultra-high strength magnetic fields. This new technology, which builds upon the strengths of the two groups on membrane protein X-ray diffraction studies (Bublitz) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (Vakonakis), has the potential to revolutionise membrane protein crystallisation and, thus, facilitate the study of membrane protein structure by X-ray crystallography.

Applicants should hold a PhD/DPhil, or be near completion of a PhD/DPhil, in natural sciences. You should have strong expertise in the crystallisation of biological macromolecules including the production of samples suitable for crystallisation, and in X-ray diffraction studies. You should possess a high degree of organisation and self-motivation for a complex but exciting project under tight time limits. You will have excellent communication skills and have previous experience of contributing to publications and presentations. The ability to work independently as well as part of a research team is also essential. Experience in the purification of membrane proteins, and in nuclear magnetic resonance, is desirable.

This full-time, fixed-term post is funded by the BBSRC for up to 1 year in the first instance and is based at the Department of Biochemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford. Informal queries about the post should be addressed to Professor Vakonakis: and Professor Bublitz:

The actual starting salary offered will be based on qualifications and relevant skills acquired and will also be determined by the funding available.

Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the document below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 31 August 2018, with interviews for shortlisted candidates to be held as soon as possible thereafter.

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