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Postdoctoral Researcher in Structural Bioinformatics

University of Reading - Biomedical Sciences

Location: Reading
Salary: £30,942 to £36,914 Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 31st July 2020
Closes: 29th August 2020
Job Ref: SRF33308

Advancing capability in high performance protein structure and function prediction through optimisation of IntFOLD

Our project requires a Post-Doctoral Researcher (PDR) in order to focus full time on the continued development, testing and integration of novel tools for the IntFOLD resource. We have secured funds for 5 years in order to enable our sustained growth of IntFOLD and to ensure that its competitiveness as a leading resource is maintained over two full CASP development cycles. The primary purpose of this post is to support the development, testing and expansion of the IntFOLD in order to grow our user base further and better meet the needs of our UK and international stakeholders. The PDR will also help with the delivery of workshops and will promote the resource via co-authoring papers, presenting demonstrations at outreach events, and through the delivery of online training materials.

The PDR will report to Prof. Liam McGuffin, who will direct and oversee the management of the whole project. We will expect the PDR to present their work at key international conferences, such as CASP and ISMB, which will provide valuable networking and personal development opportunities. The PDR will develop transferable skills in protein bioinformatics, web development, coding and deep learning. They will also gain valuable teaching experience through interaction with students and the delivery of workshops for UK stakeholders, which will also lead to further collaboration opportunities. The IntFOLD server is used in many student projects and practicals within the School of Biological Sciences, so there will also be opportunities for the PDR to mentor and collaborate with PG and UG students working on related projects. The PDR will also be encouraged to participate in University outreach and open day events to gain experience with public engagement. Finally, the PDR will be encouraged to take full advantage of Reading’s Research Staff Development Programme, which offers career development skills and training for all research staff.

You will have:

  • Advanced computer skills, programming experience and familiarity with Linux based systems
  • Good communications skills to facilitate a wide-spectrum of users
  • Excellent writing skills for preparing technical and scientific reports and papers
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • A PhD (or you will soon obtain a PhD) in Structural Bioinformatics or related relevant discipline
  • A good publication record for your career level
  • Experience of developing and/or applying bioinformatics applications that has led to published outputs

Interview date: 14 September 2020

Informal contact details

Contact role: Principal Investigator
Contact name: Prof. Liam McGuffin
Contact phone: 07879663716
Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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