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Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Life & Environmental Sciences

Location: Exeter
Salary: Postdoctoral Research Associate from £26,495 up to £33,518 or Postdoctoral Research Fellow from £34,520 up to £42,418. Appointment will be made to appropriate level, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st August 2018
Closes: 16th September 2018
Job Ref: R62742

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in a research project led by Prof. Michael Schrader. This BBSRC funded post is available on a full-time basis from November 1, 2018 (or asap thereafter) for a duration of three years. The successful applicant will combine molecular cell biology, membrane biophysics, biochemical approaches and imaging to elucidate the molecular mechanisms to modulate organelle (peroxisome) dynamics and abundance for improvement of cell performance in mammalian cells.

The post will include molecular cloning, the development of cell-based reporter assays, generation and purification of recombinant proteins, protein biochemistry, biophysical approaches, expression, targeting and functional studies in mammalian cells.

About you

You will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

You will:

  • Possess a relevant PhD in biology or biochemistry (or nearing completion) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study.
  • Be a nationally recognised authority in molecular cell biology/ biochemistry and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies.
  • Be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
  • Have strong knowledge in molecular cell biology, molecular cloning, protein biochemistry, and enthusiastic interest in solving cell biological problems.

Expertise in the generation & purification of recombinant proteins, membrane biophysics, fluorescence-based confocal microscopy, mammalian cell culture and cell-based reporter assays will be considered as an advantage. You will work with Prof Michael Schrader and his team at the University of Exeter, in close collaboration with international partners.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

For further information please contact Prof. Michael Schrader on e-mail

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

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer, an Athena Swan accredited institution and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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