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PDRA in Glycomics and Glycoproteomics (10338)

The Rosalind Franklin Institute
Harwell, Didcot
From £37,500 per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Closing date
7 Sep 2024

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Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Job Details

The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a national research centre, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology. We are currently expanding and looking for a science driven, but community oriented Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our Next Generation Chemistry theme’s proteomics team.

One of the major goals of our work is to improve technologies for the characterisation of biomolecules and in this post, there is a focus on sugars. As a PDRA specialising in glycomics and glycoproteomics you will be developing approaches for characterising sugars and glycoproteins through, biochemical, chemical, chromatographic and mass spectrometric means.

The successful candidate will have access to a range of our current instrumentation which includes several bespoke mass spectrometers that incorporate most if not all high-performance analysers and activation techniques including an Exploris 480-omnitrap instrument containing UVPD, HCD, IRMPD and several flavours of ExD. The successful candidate will apply their approaches to several pertinent systems currently under study including those that involve host-pathogen interactions as well as systems focused on metabolic pathways. 

We are looking for someone with excellent skills in the following areas:

  • Practical experience with several mass spectrometer types including orbitraps.
  • Practical experience with several fragmentation approaches utilised in the field of proteomics.
  • Ability to carry out analytical procedures that are applied for glycoproteome, glycome and proteome characterisation to a high degree of precision.
  • Ability to analyse quantitative proteomic data with a degree of statistical rigour using common freely available software packages. 
  • Familiarity with a wide range of chromatographies employed in proteomics and glycomics.
  • Practical experience with hyphenating LCs to mass spectrometers.
  • Experience with protein chemistry and standard bioanalytical approaches.
  • Practical experience with proteomics mass spectrometry.


The main specific responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Hyphenate LCs to a range of state-of-the-art mass spectrometers.
  • Characterise a range of complex glyco- samples using a range of mass spectrometers and fragmentation regimes.
  • Carry out analytical procedures that are applied for glyco-characterisation to a high degree of precision including sample preparation.
  • Analyse quantitative proteomic data with a degree of statistical rigour using common freely available software packages. 
  • Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues and other research groups.
  • Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and experimental techniques.
  • Contribute to the public engagement in science programme of the Franklin.

In return we offer:

  • 25 days holidays plus bank holidays and Christmas holiday shutdown
  • Generous pension scheme (employer’s contribution currently up to 18%)
  • Group Life Assurance (also known as Group Life Insurance or Death in Service)
  • Hub building with state-of-the-art laboratories
  • Training and development opportunities for staff at all levels
  • Bus pass discount scheme and good transport links to Oxford and surrounding areas
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to employee discount platform (Perkbox)
  • Occupational Health and wellbeing support including Employee Assistance (24/7 support and counselling)
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Subsidised canteen and food outlets on campus
  • Free on-site parking
  • Campus location in beautiful countryside with social and sports clubs open to staff

Before submitting your application please ensure you read the Job Information Pack for full details of this role on our website.

About us: The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national Research Centre, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology.

Location: The Franklin is based in Harwell Campus, UK’s innovation hub and well-established as one of the leading science and innovation campuses in Europe. 

The Franklin’s underlying aim is to produce the best science for research today, and this means resolutely embracing a diverse team, who have a wide range of experiences, skills and knowledge to push forward on the innovative work our institution delivers. Both our work and our institution are better for it. For further information, view our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

At the Rosalind Franklin Institute we welcome applications from all around the world!

To be considered for this role, please send a CV and cover letter through explaining why you think you are the right person for this job. Please including information about your education and work experience.

Closing Date: We are accepting candidates on an ongoing basis until the position is filled; therefore, early applications are advised. We reserve to close the vacancy earlier if required.

Applicants should refer to our Candidate Privacy Policy


The Rosalind Franklin Institute is dedicated to transforming life science through interdisciplinary research and technology development.

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01235 395000
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QX

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