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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604-38,832 a year
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Role Description

A postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated and independent Research Associate to work on the discovery of new microbial enzymes for lignocellulose digestion.  The aim of this project is to determine new mechanisms and improved methods of lignocellulose deconstruction for the development of improved cellulase cocktails for processing sugarcane waste.

The Role

To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research.

To identify and characterise new lignocellulose degrading enzymes for boosting cellulase cocktails, identify and validate key target proteins in two lignocellulose degrading fungi, develop optimal processes for sugar cane biomass hydrolysis.

To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

The successful candidate should have a first degree in Biological Sciences or Chemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry/Biological Sciences with experience in microbial and recombinant DNA techniques and protein expression, purification and analysis and a strong background in molecular biology and biochemistry. You need to have highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media. You will have the ability to write up research work for reports, publications in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination. You will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research, writing up research work for reports and publications and experience of molecular biochemical techniques.

You will join a large research team, housed in well-equipped laboratories in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products in the Department of Biology.

This is a 35 month Innovate UK/BBSRC funded position and will involve close collaboration with colleagues at ICGEB, India. The salary for this post is in the range £31,604- 38,832 a year and will be full time (37h/week). The closing date for applications is 25 September 2018 and the interview date will be advised. Please send informal queries about the position to Prof Simon McQueen-Mason or Prof Neil Bruce

Closing date: 25 September 2018

Interview date: 23 October 2018

Vacancy reference: 6968

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