Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Edinburgh
We are looking for an ambitious and driven PDRA with experimental skills in DNA nanotechnology, DNA topology and protein-DNA interactions. This post is part of an ERC project on “Topologically Active Polymers” (TAP), which our group is realising using DNA and DNA-topology-altering proteins.
We seek candidates who are inspired of using DNA and proteins to make smart materials. The successful candidate will apply DNA nanotechnology and protein/DNA engineering to design new soft materials. They will then quantify their properties using AFM, optical tweezers, confocal/TIRF microscopy and (micro)rheology.
The job holder will be also expected to embrace and contribute towards building a positive culture towards excellent science within the group.
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Davide Michieletto (email@example.com) for informal enquiries.
For more information on our work see the TAPLab website.
The PDRA will be working within the Institute of Condensed Matter and Complex Systems (ICMCS, https: // www. ph.ed.ac.uk/icmcs), one of the best groups in the world for soft matter research (both theoretical and experimental). The group also works in close collaboration with Lynne Regan and Nadanai Laohakunakorn in Synthetic Biology and Ian Chambers in the Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
This is a unique opportunity to work on the bourgeoning field of DNA nanotechnology from an angle that has been poorly explored so far, that of using DNA nanotech to create materials with exotic and uncommon material properties.
The successful candidate will join a highly-interdisciplinary and driven group composed of 3 postdocs and 4 PhDs with broad and diverse expertise in both computational and experimental biophysics.
Your skills and attributes for success:
Ambitious and committed to excellent science
Experimental skills in DNA/protein interactions
Knowledge of DNA topology
DNA/protein engineering and purification
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As a valued member of our team you can expect:
An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.
The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.
Interviews will be held during September 2022.