Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Edinburgh
We currently have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher based in the Wells Wood lab in the University of Edinburgh. They will join part of cross institutional team involving PIs in the University of Manchester and the University of Bristol, as part of a consortium led by Prof Nigel Scrutton FRS. The aim of the project is to design novel photoactive enzymes with applications in green chemistry. The researcher recruited for this position will lead the development of computational tools and methods to understand known photoactive enzymes and design/engineer new ones. These methods will build on existing techniques that we have developed (Science 346, 485-8 (2014); Bioinformatics 33, 3043-50 (2017); Prot. Eng. Des. Sel. 34, gzab029 (2021); ChemBioChem 23, e2022003 (2022)). The aim of this project is not only to generate novel photoactive enzymes, but to deeply understand their mechanism. The technology that arises from this research will have clear applications in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.
Your skills and attributes for success will include some combination of:
Knowledge in Structural biology
Knowledge in Bioinformatics
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As a valued member of our team you can expect:
The Wells Wood lab is a highly collaborative environment incorporating researchers with diverse academic backgrounds (biologists, chemists, mathematicians, computer scientists), which contributes to making it 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.
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The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.
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About the Team
As the modern inheritors of our 400-year-old reputation for excellence, our staff and students contribute to a vibrant academic community whose visions are shaping tomorrow’s world. The School of Biological Sciences is at the leading edge in teaching, research and innovation. Independent rankings such as the Times Higher Education consistently place us amongst the top 25 universities in the world for biological sciences. We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and to recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development opportunities for all staff. We place a particular focus on development for early-career researchers (postgraduate and postdoctoral research staff and personal fellowship holders), offering mentoring and an active ‘BioDocSoc’ organisation that brings together researchers for networking, events and training opportunities.
The School of Biological Sciences holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.