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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow (fixed-term) Membrane Biophysics, University of Nottingham. Salary £26,052 to £30,175 (minimum with PhD £29,301) per annum depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Applications are invited to the above role in biophysics, structural and computational biology available at the Bonev Lab in Nottingham. The candidate will join a team working on an Innovate UK-funded project involving the Universities of York, Sheffield, Nottingham and Cambridge along with industrial partners Lucite, Green Biologics, Ingenza and CPI. Green production of industrial chemicals from non-food sugars is a major and growing undertaking by the major biotech and chemical manufacturers. The consortium works on engineering a cell factory, capable of producing high levels of industrial chemicals and having high tolerance to the manufactured compounds. The challenge for the incumbent is to characterise bacterial membrane sensitivity and tolerance to industrial chemicals and to engineer membrane components in bacteria for enhanced tolerance. The work will involve bacterial membrane studies, recombinant membrane protein production, characterization by solid state NMR and other biophysical methods, as well as in silico protein and membrane engineering and molecular dynamics simulations.

Highly motivated and creative postdoctoral candidates are sought a position at the Bonev Lab. Applicants with relevant background from biophysics, biochemistry, chemistry or related field and experience in the above areas are particularly encouraged to apply. The incumbent will work as a member of a team at Nottingham and more widely within the consortium. The candidate will be expected to prepare and deliver progress reports to the consortium six times per year and prepare research papers.

The University of Nottingham is a research-strong institution with a strong tradition in magnetic resonance and is well equipped for solid state and DNP MAS, as well as solution NMR. The Bonev Lab is based at the Medical School at the Queen’s Medical Centre. The lab is equipped with an in-house solid state MAS NMR system configured for membrane work and a GPU-server for MD simulations. As a key partner in the 600 MHz DNP NMR Facility at Nottingham, the Bonev Lab has regular use of the system.  The lab is also a major user of the Nottingham HPC and has regular access to Diamond and ISIS.

Candidates must hold a PhD or be near to completion of a PhD or studying towards a PhD or equivalent in biophysics, biochemistry, chemistry or related field.

This full-time fixed-term post is available from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020.

Applications can be made at:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Bonev or via Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

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