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Research Associate in Time-Resolved Structural Biology

The University of Manchester - Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

Location: Manchester
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th July 2019
Closes: 12th August 2019
Job Ref: S&E-14250

Job Reference : S&E-14250
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 12/08/2019
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum according to experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : From 1 October 2019 for 60 months

The University appointment is appointing a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Time Resolved Structural Biology (5 years) to work collaboratively with partners from the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), Grenoble, France in a recently EPSRC funded Centre-to-Centre award made to Professor Nigel Scrutton, Professor David Leys and Dr Derren Heyes (Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and School of Chemistry). This project is based on recent research at Manchester based on understanding the molecular mechanisms of photoreceptor proteins, essential components of future industrial biotechnology applications. We have reported the complete reaction cycles of a number of photoreceptors using time-resolved spectroscopies. In the Centre-to-Centre project we will develop a detailed dynamic structural understanding of a number of these photoreceptors using conventional and time-resolved (X-FEL based) X-ray crystallography.

Based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) you will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in structural biology, and have a strong desire to work in an interdisciplinary environment. This time-resolved position includes collaborative work both at Manchester, the X-FEL hub at Diamond, and with partners in Grenoble and will primarily be involved in driving the time-resolved, X-FEL based crystallography and X-ray scattering measurements. Appointed staff will be involved in all experimental aspects of the project, data analysis and preparation of results for publication. They will be supported and trained by staff with expertise at Manchester and Grenoble in the (time-resolved) structural aspects of the work and time-resolved spectroscopy measurements to ensure delivery of all planned outcomes.

As part of the collaborative grant the Research Associate will spend 2 years of this 5 year contract working in France. The remaining 3 years will be spent in Manchester.

You may also be interested in a similar role currently being advertised:
S&E-14254 Research Associate in Structural Biology

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Nigel Scrutton



Name: Professor David Leys


Tel: 0161 306 5122

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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