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Structural Biology Facility Manager

A unique opportunity has arisen for a Facility Manager to join the Structural Biology Platform at the John Innes Centre.

About the Structural Biology Platform

The Structural Biology Platform has established itself as crucial to the delivery of JIC science objectives, forming an integral component of forward research plans and contributing to the HP3 vision.

The facility underpins a wide variety of research programmes across the JIC site (extending to Norwich Research Park partner institutions), providing services and expertise for the determination of the three-dimensional structures of proteins of interest, principally using the techniques of protein X-ray crystallography (PX) and cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). Secondary activities include Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), structure prediction, and the provision of general structural biology advice.

JIC has regular programme mode access to Diamond Light Source for both PX and SAXS work and has recently secured the same for accessing the Electron BioImaging Centre for cryo-EM. Local cryo-EM data collection is enabled through the JIC Bioimaging facility, which is equipped with a Talos microscope fitted with a Falcon 4i detector.

The role

The successful applicant will oversee the Structural Biology facility, managing its personnel and resources, as well as being actively involved in research. They will become the focus for structural biology activity on site and will contribute to a variety of projects, with engagement ranging from simply offering advice through to becoming a major participant. The post holder will be expected to provide training to platform users in both formal and informal settings. They will keep abreast of new developments in the field and adopt new practices where appropriate. The post holder will manage the facility budget and ensure financial sustainability through facility usage recharges and funding applications.

The ideal candidate

You will have a PhD in Structural Biology. You will have in-depth knowledge of protein crystallography and demonstrable experience in structural biology.

The ideal candidate will have extensive postdoctoral research experience with the proven ability to independently determine macromolecular structures using protein crystallography; in depth knowledge of cryo-EM and SAXS would also be advantageous.

They must have excellent organisational skills, and experience of managing facilities, staff and budgets would be advantageous, as would the ability to secure funding to maintain and develop the facility.

The post holder must possess good oral and written communication skills, and the ability to act quickly to provide advice or troubleshoot any issues is important. The flexibility to work occasional unsociable hours and to undertake national and international travel are also required.

Additional information

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450814 or quoting reference 1004561 .

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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