A new full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate is sought to study the structure and function of archaeal and bacterial S-layers as part of the Living Systems Institute at the University of Exeter. This ERC funded 3 year position is available immediately and will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Bertram Daum.
The Daum lab investigates the structural biology of archaeal and bacterial cell-surface protein layers (S-layers). By combining biochemistry with cryo electron microscopy (cryoEM), the successful candidate will investigate the structure of S-layers in order to explore how they function in nature. The PDRA will then translate the gained knowledge into creating an innovative drug delivery platform technology, by combining functionally engineered S-layers with novel microrobotic devices.
The institute is equipped with brand new sample preparation laboratories, an automated and cryo-capable screening microscope and a cutting-edge GPU computer cluster for processing. The candidate will also have regular access to our shared GW4-supported 200 kV Talos Arctica with a K2 direct electron detector, and to 300kV Titan Krios microscopes at eBic. Complementary cutting-edge microscopy modalities, including confocal, light sheet and super-resolution fluorescent microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy are also available in the LSI.
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.
The application deadline for this role is 12 March 2020.
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