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Postdoctoral Researcher (Field Lab)

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


 Rob Field’s research focuses on carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry. He develops chemical probes and uses gene manipulation to impact carbohydrate biosynthesis and degradation pathways, thereby generating new products.

Rob’s research spans a broad range of organisms including plants, algae, bacteria and viruses. This work has resulted in a number of applications, from designer carbohydrates for functional food studies to developing diagnostics for infectious diseases.

The role

The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with Rob Field’s group on the enzymatic synthesis of carbohydrate structures, including oligosaccharides, sugar phosphates and sugar nucleotides. The successful candidate will identify, plan, carry out and modify experiments to meet the objectives of the project.

 The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry or a related discipline. A record of achievement in chemical synthesis, with experience of carbohydrate chemistry, is essential as is experience with the use of enzymes in carbohydrate synthesis. This opportunity would suit a collegiate self-starter who is willing to work in a multidisciplinary project and to deal with collaborators around UK academia and industry.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full time post, for a contract of 9 months.

Interviews will be held on 20th February 2019.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003615.

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 10th February 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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