Jobs in Structural Biology and Related Fields

Postdoctoral Position

London, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 15 Sep 2013

A PostDoctoral position is immediately available in Alessandro Vannini's lab at the Institute of Cancer Research in central London to structurally and functionally characterise large multi-subunit complexes involved in eukaryotic transcription (

We are looking for highly motivated and creative individuals with a strong interest in structural characterization of multi-subunit complexes. We currently employ single particle electron microscopy analysis and x-ray crystallography, as well as biochemical and biochemical analysis, to elucidate the role of the RNA Polymerase III transcription apparatus in cancer and other fundamental cellular processes (

The lab is well equipped with a fleet of AKTAs (including a brand new AKTA Pure) and have access to divisional managed facilities for protein crystallography (Bruker Microstar and CCD detector and crystallisation robots), cryo-electron microscopy (FEI Tecnai F20 and T12), and protein production with expertise in multi-subunit expression (insect cell, yeast and bacterial expression, including a 60 L fermentor). The Division is also well equipped with equipment for biophysical analysis (e.g. ITC, fluorescence, multi-angle light scattering).

Applicants should possess a PhD (or equivalent) in biochemistry or molecular biology with a sound knowledge of multi-subunit complex production and purification. Experience in purification of  recombinant and/or endogenous proteins for structural biology analysis is essential for this post. Experience in protein crystallography and/or single particle electron microscopy would be desirable. Individuals with a strong background in biochemical characterization of transcription machineries  wishing to learn structural biology techniques will be taken into serious consideration.

The lab is located in the heart of central London, in the vibrant area of South Kensington.

Appointment will be on Fixed Term Contract for 2 years in the first instance, with a starting salary in the range of £28,087 to £34,529 p.a. inclusive (based on previous post-doctoral experience).  

CV and cover letter must be submitted online at 

Informal enquiries can be sent directly to

Job Ref. No. 1355633

Closing Date: 15/09/2013