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Research Associate in Structural Biology

University of Birmingham - School of Biosciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £31,396 to £33,966 Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd May 2024
Closes: 28th May 2024
Job Ref: 103851

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,396 to £33,966 with potential progression once in post to £38,205

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to September 2027

Background

To assist in research (by carrying out data collection or analyses) to create knowledge through providing research support for projects and research groups.

Our international group of highly motivated and interdisciplinary structural biologists is expanding! We are looking for a Research Associate fascinated by the structural basis of molecular functions. You will study the structure-function relationships of proteins active in RNA metabolism through biochemical, biophysical and structural methods. We offer unique access to first-class instrumentation for structural biology. At the national centre for biomolecular NMR spectroscopy in Birmingham (HWB-NMR), we host the best biomolecular NMR equipment available in the UK, comprising 1000, 900 and 800 MHz spectrometers equipped with cryoprobes and MAS probes for both solution- and solid-state NMR, as well as an incoming 1.2 GHz spectrometer expected in 2025. At the Midlands Regional Cryo Electron Microscope Facility in Leicester, you will have access to a 300kV Titan Krios G3 cryo-electron microscope with a direct electron-detecting camera. We have BAG access to the synchrotron at DIAMOND for small angle scattering, X-ray crystallography and many more X-ray based techniques. Fully equipped biochemistry and molecular biology laboratories are available. This interdisciplinary research environment will provide you with unique development opportunities. 

Our globally-operating research group is embedded in a vibrant community of world-renowned scientists in the fields of genome biology, cancer research and microbiology. We believe in interdisciplinarity and we strive to integrate structural biology with functional studies in cells and whole organisms, as well as with drug design and molecular engineering. 

For more information on the lab, please visit: www.carlomagno-group.org

Main Duties

  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Analyse research data as directed
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Develop or adapt techniques, models and methods
  • Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Carry out administrative tasks related directly to the delivery of the research
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture

Person Specification

  • Degree or equivalent in Biophysics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Structural Biology or related areas. Or, equivalent qualifications
  • Experience in structural biology, preferably by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 
  • Experience in a biochemical laboratory
  • Genuine interest in molecular mechanisms
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Creative and outcome oriented
  • Enthusiastic to work in a competitive, international environment

Informal enquires can be made to Professor Teresa Carlomagno, email: T.Carlomagno@bham.ac.uk

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the above ‘Apply’ button.

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.
 

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