Research Associate in Protocell Research
Division/School School of Chemistry
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,199 - £37,345 per annum
Closing date for applications 02-Jul-2019
As part of the newly established Max Planck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology (MPBC), two post-doctoral positions are available to develop synthetic protocells. These posts are available for 2 years in the first instance, and are extendable for up to a further 3 years. The posts are associated with the Centre for Protolife Research laboratories of Prof Stephen Mann FRS (Chemistry). The post holders will work in the newly refurbished laboratory for the MPBC, which is housed in the School of Chemistry and will be shared with other MPBC researchers associated with the laboratories of Profs Imre Berger (Biochemistry; genome engineering) and Prof Dek Woolfson (Chemistry and Biochemistry; protein design). As with all projects in the MPBC, it is anticipated that the work will develop in collaboration with our Max Planck partners in Germany.
The positions would be best suited to talented and ambitious early career researchers with expertise in areas such as soft matter, synthetic biology or self-assembly, and have major interests at the chemistry/biology interface. Applicants should have experience in areas such as microcapsule preparation and characterization, fluorescence microscopy/spectroscopy, bioconjugation chemistry, microfluidics, FACS, cell-free gene expression, cell biology, as well as knowledge of soft matter systems and their characterization. An interest and background in protocell research, synthetic biology, origins of life research or microscale robotics preferred.
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