The Department of Biological Sciences are seeking a motivated and creative Postdoctoral Research Assistant to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of action of the doublecortin family of microtubule associated proteins in neuronal development. This work is funded by the MRC and will be performed as part of the research team led by Dr Carolyn Moores. This post involves both molecular and cellular structure determination of microtubule-based machinery using cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography. This work presents unique opportunities to gain insight into mechanisms of regulation of the microtubule cytoskeleton and to dissect the molecular basis of human diseases. The appointee will be a member of a team working on regulatory mechanisms of cytoskeleton dynamics (http://people.cryst.bbk.ac.uk/~ubcg62d/) and will interact with members of the Birkbeck Electron Microscopy group. The programme of research also involves collaboration with several international groups.
Birkbeck College, University of London (www.bbk.ac.uk) is a world-class research and teaching institution. The Department of Biological Sciences is a multidisciplinary department formed from the merging of the Schools of Crystallography and Biological and Chemical Sciences (www.bbk.ac.uk/biology/). It forms part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology: (www.ismb.lon.ac.uk), a centre of excellence jointly with the Department of Structural & Molecular Biology at UCL. The Institute provides a scientific environment hosting world-class biomedical science research.
Applicants should have a PhD in structural biology, biochemistry or a related area, and have relevant research publications.
Salary: (Grade 7), Starting salary – up to £36830 (including London Allowance of £2,946 per annum).
The closing date for completed applications is 23.59 on Friday 17 August 2012.
Interviews are due to be held in mid September 2012.
Start date ideally will be confirmed.
This job is a full-time position, fixed term for up to five years. The appointment may be subject to a probationary period of six months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.
To apply for these positions please go to www.bbk.ac.uk/jobs and search using reference number 10788. If you have difficulties accessing this site please email, firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the appropriate reference in the subject header.
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Birkbeck is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates