Postdoctoral Researcher (Webster Group)

We’re looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Webster Group, working on cutting-edge science in the field of Biochemistry and Metabolism.

Dr Michael Webster’s group focuses on understanding the molecular machines that express photosynthetic genes. They aim to discover what determines the timing and level of photosynthetic protein production. They use cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to produce structural models of large and dynamic protein complexes and develop mechanistic models of their activity using biochemical and biophysical techniques.

The post holder will work closely with other members of the Webster Lab and communicate with other researchers at the John Innes Centre.

The role

Working as part of a team led by Dr Michael Webster you will initiate an exciting new project at the intersection of research into photosynthesis, gene expression and plant resilience to stress.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will characterise protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions to develop an emerging model of how chloroplast translation allows plants to recover from stress. Cutting-edge methods of biophysical and biochemical analysis will be performed on purified proteins and complexes.

The ideal candidate

The Ideal candidate will have a PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in Molecular Biology or a similar discipline. Candidates will have in-depth knowledge in protein purification methods and demonstrable experience in DNA cloning for recombinant protein expression.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 20th September 2022.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1004311.

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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