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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Bioinorganic Chemistry

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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A BBSRC funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available from 1 March for up to 24 months for a project to evaluate the spectroscopic and reactivity properties of copper-containing oxidases working with Professors Paul Walton and Gideon Davies. The project will concentrate on the synthesis and characterisation of a range of small-molecule copper complexes and the study of the EPR and MCD spectroscopy properties of these complexes and the enzymes lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs).

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.

The successful candidate will conduct research and contribute to the preparation of research proposals.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Preparation of small molecule copper complexes that can act as models of LPMOs
  • Obtaining EPR, UV/vis of copper-containing lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (and other proteins) and their conjugates with small molecule Cu complexes.
  • Determination of the electronic structure of the Cu active site at different stages of its catalytic cycle.
  • Isolation of protein samples from biological expression systems

You will also be responsible for:

  • Publishing research outcomes in journals and delivering presentations at conferences or exhibiting work at other events
  • Contributing to the preparation of research proposals and applications to external bodies
  • Providing guidance to other staff and students

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • PhD in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Knowledge and experience in the areas of synthetic coordination chemistry and spectroscopic and structural methods for the characterisation of proteins and model complexes  e.g. EPR spectroscopy, UV/vis spectroscopy
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of research techniques and methodologies e.g. protein expression, stopped flow spectroscopy and synthetic procedures
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media including publication in journals and delivery of presentations at conferences or exhibiting work at other events
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, exhibiting self-initiative
  • Highly motivated and professional work ethic, with commitment to high quality, a collaborative ethos and a willingness to proactively support colleagues and students

If you have any informal enquiries, please contact Professor Paul Walton at


This post is offered on a full-time basis (37 hours a week) with flexibility if required.

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