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Postdoctoral Researcher (Field Lab)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Professor Rob Field at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.


The research group of Professor Rob Field works in interface of chemistry and biology focusing on developing and exploiting chemical tools and principles to address questions in plant and microbial carbohydrate metabolism. Projects typically involve some combination of chemical and enzymatic synthesis, inhibitor design and assessment, biochemistry, structural biology, metabolomic, proteomic and transcriptomic analysis. From a biology perspective, we work cross-Kingdom: Arabidopsis, barley, Euglena, Streptomyces, E. coli, flu virus, the African and American trypanosome.

The role

A 6 month Postdoctoral Researcher position is available to contribute to the development and deployment of carbohydrate and small molecule microarrays. This will involve the purification, characterisation and derivatization of small molecules, for which extensive experience in synthetic chemistry and analytical methods/sensor techniques are required.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in chemistry or biochemistry and have knowledge of carbohydrate recognition and mass spectrometry as well as small molecule microarray experience. Candidates should also have demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas as well as experience of oral research presentations.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This post is for a contract of 6 months.

Please note this post does not meet UKVI requirements to sponsor a Tier 2 visa.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003658.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The closing date for applications will be 7 April 2019. 

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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