Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter
June 30, 2024
Offerd Salary:£41,732
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The starting salary will be from £41,732 up to £51,283 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

This new full-time post is available from 1 September 2024 until 31 August 2027 on a fixed term basis, subject to funding.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours (minimum 0.8 FTE) or job-sharing arrangements. Working compressed hours and having flexible start and finish times can be considered.

The post

The Faculty is delighted to welcome applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to be a key part of the GlycoCellUKRI Engineering Biology Mission Hub. This is an exceptional opportunity to do exciting, high-impact research as part of the UK's flagship new initiative and large investment in transformative Engineering Biology. GlycoCell is applying synthetic biology approaches with glycoscience to develop vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics dedicated to glycan biomanufacturing (www. unlock-the-potential-of-engineering-biology). GlycoCell is a collaborative, multidisciplinary consortium spanning six UK academic institutions and three industrial partners which will interact extensively as part of the research programmes. This is an excellent career and professional network development opportunity for the successful candidate.

This UKRI funded post is available from 1 September 2024 for three years in the first instance. The successful applicant will work with the Hub core team to design and test gene libraries for glycan production and validate the glycans produced and proteins that produce them. The post will include design gene networks to produce glycans, develop detection methods for glycan intermediates, prepare proteins for glycan detection and functional validation, and screen libraries for optimal glycan production. The successful candidates will be part of a large team of Research Associates/Fellows, PhD students, technical specialists, and academics with real capacity to deliver on ambitious objectives leading to excellent outputs and impacts, and the opportunity to support and mentor more junior researchers. We intend to develop future leaders in our field here.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; train junior scientists in techniques and laboratory practices; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds; and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in Biochemistry and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will have demonstrated skills in at least two of polysaccharide biochemistry, synthetic/engineering biology, mass spectrometry, protein production, and tissue culture.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

What we can offer you

  • The opportunity to work collaboratively with a team of other scientists across the UK.
  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research.
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly.
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development.
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career.

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy.

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

    Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99 percent of our research is of international quality and 47 percent is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

    We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    We are proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and welcome applications from service people.

    Further information

    For further information please contact Nicholas Harmer, e-mail [email protected] or telephone (01392) 725179.

    The closing date for completed applications is Sunday 30th of June.

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