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Postdoctoral Fellow in Carbohydrate Chemical Biology

University of Canterbury, New Zealand - Biomolecular Interaction Centre and School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Location: Christchurch - New Zealand
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th October 2020
Closes: 30th November 2020

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Fixed-term position (2 years) 

What You Will Do 
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a 2-year (24 month) fixed term Postdoctoral Fellowship in Carbohydrate Chemical Biology to work under the leadership of Professor Antony Fairbanks. The project, funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), concerns the production of glycoproteins, and will entail aspects of each of synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, biocatalysis, and chemical biology, including protein expression, purification and characterisation. 

Who You Are 
The successful candidate will hold a PhD in in any of Carbohydrate Chemistry / Chemical Biology / Biocatalysis, Glycoscience, or a relevant related subject in the fields of Organic Chemistry, or Chemical Biology, or Protein Chemistry, or will have submitted a thesis prior to taking up the appointment. Relevant experience in the production and characterisation of glycoproteins will be a distinct advantage. 

Who You Will Work With 
The Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC) is a multi-disciplinary research centre, founded in 2007 at the University of Canterbury. It includes researchers from UC's Colleges of Science and Engineering and partners with several New Zealand Crown Research Institutes, universities and Callaghan Innovation.  

This Postdoctoral Fellow role is within Professor Fairbanks’s research group. Professor Fairbanks is a Principle Investigator in BIC, based in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences. Professor Fairbanks’ group touch upon all aspects of carbohydrate chemistry, glycoscience, and chemical biology. This range includes mainstream synthetic organic chemistry of carbohydrates, including protecting group chemistry, oligosaccharide synthesis and glycosylation reactions, the isolation and purification of complex oligosaccharides from natural sources, to protein cloning expression and the use of site-directed mutagenesis to produce enzyme biocatalysis for the production of homogenous glycopeptides and glycoproteins.   

For more information on the fantastic benefits that UC has to offer, and how to apply please visit 

The closing date for this position is: Monday, 30 November 2020 (midnight, NZ time)  
Applications will be considered continuously from the first review date and the University reserves the right to make an appointment prior to the closing date.  

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government-approved isolation/quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. 

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