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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in Cryo-Electron Microscopy

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Chemistry is a multidisciplinary department with an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching; this position will be based within the world-renowned York Structural Biology Laboratory (YSBL)

The Department has been awarded >£2.25M by the Wellcome Trust and Wolfson Foundation to invest in state-of-the-art equipment and a bespoke building to house a modern 200 kV cryo electron microscope, supported by significant investment from the University and a private donor.

We are now seeking to appoint a high-calibre researcher in cryo-electron microscopy, with a clear vision to lead their own programme of excellent research within YSBL. Your research will complement the X-ray crystallography and NMR techniques currently used in the YSBL, and will bridge the gap between X-ray work and the optical microscopy in the Biology Technology Facility. The role is available at any one of the above levels and we welcome interest from talented academics with an impressive research profile appropriate to the level of application and a collegiate approach to their work.

You will be a dynamic researcher with a consistent track record in the application of cryo-electron microscopy to challenging biochemical/biological problems.  We welcome applications from researchers with an interest in diverse areas of structural and cell biology, with particular interest in those working on mammalian systems.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the UK's leading Chemistry departments and is renowned internationally for its research, having performed exceptionally strongly in the recent Nature Index 2017 Innovation Table. Combined with a commitment to high-quality teaching and outstanding student satisfaction, it is recognised consistently for its family-friendly policies and is proud of its Athena SWAN Gold Award.

Key requirements for Lecturer: 

  • PhD in Chemical, Biochemical or Physical Sciences
  • Specialist knowledge in cryo electron microscopy
  • Experience of and commitment to teaching and learning at undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrable capacity for creative thinking and planning
  • Ability to supervise the work of others

 In addition, for Senior Lecturer and Reader, you will require:

  • Outstanding qualities and achievements in scholarship and research at a national and international level (including considerable external recognition for Reader)
  • Well-established reputation in Cryo electron microscopy
  • Ability to demonstrate major research leadership both internally and externally
  • A proven track record in research with high quality journal publications and conference presentations
  • Experience in a leadership role either in teaching or research (Reader)
  • An extensive track record of teaching and learning in HE at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Ability to define, lead, manage and attract funds for research, operating across disciplinary boundaries

Salary will be commensurate with experience and grade:
Lecturer: £38,832 to £47,722 a year
Senior Lecturer: £49,149 to £56,950 a year
Reader: £49,149 - £60,410 a year

Informal enquiries may be directed to Head of Department, Professor Duncan Bruce (; 01904 322500) or the Academic Group Leader in YSBL, Professor Tony Wilkinson (; 01904 328261).

Closing date: 14 May 2018

Interviews will be held in York on: 14 and 15 June


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