Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Norwich, United Kingdom


Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Biochemistry, Molecular/Structural Biology) REF: RA1606

£33,199 to £39,609 per annum

This is an exciting and timely opportunity to undertake a 3-year BBSRC-funded postdoctoral research position on the molecular mechanism of Uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), the protein that allows brown adipose tissue to burn off calories as heat. The project will focus on resolving the structural details of how regulator molecules interact with UCP1 to influence function. The research will utilise a variety of biochemical, biophysical and molecular biology methods applicable to the study of purified membrane proteins. These will include novel approaches to investigate ligand binding, substrate transport, and protein conformational shifts, building upon recent progress. The studies will also coordinate with collaborative partners (MRC/University of Cambridge) to advance crystallography studies.

You must have a PhD/DPhil in biochemistry, molecular/structural biology or related discipline, together with interests or experience in membrane proteins and mitochondrial research. You will be self-motivated, well organised with an excellent track record in progressing research. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also essential, as you will be expected to liaise effectively with collaborators.

You will join the mitochondrial biology laboratory of Dr Paul Crichton at the Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC), where you will benefit from state-of-art-facilities and an excellent research environment provided by the School of Biological Sciences and Norwich Medical School, as well as the surrounding Norwich Research Park.

This is a full time post, available from 1 May 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed term period of 3 years

Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the School encourages applications from women and those from minority ethnic groups. Appointment will be made on merit.

Closing date: 30 April 2019.

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Norwich Medical School is a Silver Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Gold.

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