Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD position at Imperial College London which will be based in The Membrane Protein Laboratory (MPL) at Diamond Light Source, Didcot, Oxfordshire and the Centre for Structural Biology, Imperial College London. The successful applicant, for the position which is immediately available, will work on structural studies of membrane transport proteins using microfocus X-rays and X-ray Free Electron Laser beams. The project “NanoMem” is supported by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (European Commission Framework Seven Programme).
The MPL operates both as a facility for users and as a cutting edge research laboratory. It is a high-throughput protein crystallisation facility that aims to enhance the rate of success in the crystallisation of medically significant membrane proteins. Its location at Diamond Light Source facilitates high-throughput crystal screening and high quality data collection.
The student will be co-supervised by Prof. So Iwata, Dr Isabel Moraes and Prof. Xiaodong Zhang at Imperial College. The student will be trained in state-of-the-art methods of membrane protein expression, purification, crystallization and structure determination using both synchrotron microfocus X-Ray beamlines and X-Ray free electron lasers. The successful candidate, as a member of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network, will participate in collaborative experiments, secondments and training events across the network (The NanoMem network compromises ten laboratories from five European countries).
Applicants should hold a Masters degree in Biochemistry or a related subject.
To apply: applications should include a cover letter describing relevant research experience to date, a CV, and the names and addresses of two referees.
These should be sent to Dr Isabel Moraes (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) by email by 31th May 2013.
This studentship is only available to applicants who are not UK citizens or have not lived in the UK for more than 12 months during the last three years.
For informal enquires please contact Dr Isabel Moraes (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>)