Skip to content

Research Associate in Biochemistry

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,236 - 39,609
Posted Date
Apply by
Job Reference

Role Description

A full-time three-year post-doctoral research associate position is available to investigate the biosynthesis of alkaloids from Daphniphyllum plants. Understanding the unique biosynthesis of these complex compounds will lead to the generation of novel biocatalysts and bioactive compounds. The project is based in the laboratory of Dr Benjamin Lichman, a UKRI future leader fellow. The Lichman lab has expertise in plant natural products, gene discovery and enzymology.

You will conduct individual and collaborative research projects; present research results at national and international meetings; and write manuscripts for publication in high-impact journals. Specifically, you will discover and characterise new and unusual enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of plant alkaloids, with a primary focus on gene discovery, recombinant expression and enzyme characterisation. You will also have opportunities to explore approaches such as synthetic biology or X-ray crystallography.

You should have a PhD in biochemistry (or a related subject) and experience of recombinant protein expression and biochemical assays. Previous experience of successful work in natural product enzymology and/or biosynthetic pathway elucidation would be a significant advantage. Excellent communication skills are essential. You should have a commitment to personal development, a collaborative ethos and an enthusiasm for research in plant natural product biosynthesis.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Benjamin Lichman, or for an alternative contact, please email .

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

      Athena Swan Bronze               

A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatYork



Forgot password | Register

Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.