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Research Fellow Biological Mass Spectrometry

University of Birmingham - School of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Grade 7, from £30,942 (pay basis) to £33,797
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th June 2020
Closes: 28th July 2020
Job Ref: 96084

As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7.30, salary £33,797

Grade 7

Full Time/FTC for 3 years starting October 2020.

People are at the heart of what we are and do. We want to attract outstanding, inspirational, and talented people, support them to succeed, and celebrate their success. Working at the University of Birmingham gives you access to the best financial and physical resources, a beautiful campus and an intellectually stimulating and diverse community. Our sector-leading development programmes have made this a place where staff can thrive and recognition by Athena Swan, Stonewall, and Two Ticks demonstrates our commitment to supporting talented people from all backgrounds.

The laboratory of Dr. Leney at the University of Birmingham is looking for a skilled Post-Doctoral Research Associate with experience in either biochemistry and/or mass spectrometry in order to tackle the characterisation of photosynthetic complexes from microalgae. He/she will extract and purify novel colourful and fluorescent protein complexes from microalgae. He/she will also develop mass spectrometry techniques related to the project, in particular in the fields of top-down, cross-linking and native mass spectrometry. As a consequence, he/she will ideally have a solid grounding in protein mass spectrometry and the handling of protein complexes. He/she will also contribute his/her mass spectrometry expertise to other projects, centred on post-translational modifications and how these control protein function.

The post-holder will hold or be close to completing a PhD in a structural biology-related or mass spectrometry field, with practical experience in a wide range of biochemical and analytical techniques. Computational experience in modelling mass spectrometry data is desirable. He/she will be able to demonstrate significant problem-solving skills and research independence. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively complex information, prioritise their workload and show strong attention to detail.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlines below.

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance on PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader

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