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Postdoctoral Researcher (Wilkinson Group)

We’re looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Wilkinson Group, working on cutting-edge science.

The Wilkinson Lab is an inter-disciplinary team that includes chemists, biochemists and microbiologists working on the discovery and biosynthesis of natural products (NPs), and their biosynthetic engineering.

They have a particular focus on anti-infective molecules and additionally study the molecular targets & modes of action, and self-immunity, of antibiotic NPs.

The role

The candidate will join an interdisciplinary team focused on the discovery of new natural products and in understanding their antibacterial activity and their biosynthetic pathways.

In this project we aim to isolate new bacterial natural products from bioengineered strains and understand their biological activity and biosynthesis.

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in chemical sciences.

They will be comfortable in applying organic and analytical chemistry techniques to the analysis of bacterial fermentation extracts and isolation of small quantities of molecules from complex mixtures.

They will be experienced in in compound structure determination using NMR and MS methods.

The application of these new natural products will be explored in collaboration with a network of scientists in both academia and industry.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 16557.

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. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality.

We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

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


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