Senior Research Associate / Research Associate in Protein Design

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
£32,548 - £41,212 per annum
23 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Woolfson Group

Schools of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Bristol BioDesign Institute
University of Bristol, UK

A position for a postdoctoral research associate is available to work on protein design in the laboratory of Professor Dek Woolfson. The group is internationally leading in the development of protein design for applications in chemical and synthetic biology. The successful applicant will join a vibrant research team that combines bioinformatics and computational design, peptide and protein chemistry, biophysics and structural biology, and cell biology. Expertise in computational biochemistry and/or structural biology would be a distinct advantage for this post, and applicants from these areas are particularly encouraged to apply. However, we are keen to receive applications from ambitious and energetic individuals across the chemical and biochemical sciences or bioengineering with an interest in advancing protein design and its applications generally.

The post is available for an initial two-year period and is extendable to a further two years upon a successful start to the project. This is funded by a grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council of the UK.

The post-holder would be joined in year 2 by an expert in machine learning and virtual reality (VR) working in the laboratory of Dr David Glowacki (Chemistry, Bristol). Together, these two post-doctoral research associates will develop VR methods to aid and advance the computational design of completely new proteins building on research programmes across the two labs (Thomson et al. (2014) Science 346:485-488; Wood et al. (2017) Bioinformatics 33:3043-3050; There will also be considerable opportunity to work with the international experimental and computational protein design and engineering communities.

For more information on the Woolfson group see:
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Closing date for applications is 11:59pm on 22 April 2018. It is anticipated that interview will be held early May 2018. The preferred starting date is June 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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