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Research Associate in the Lichman Lab, Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, Department of Biology


A full-time three-year post-doctoral research associate position is available to investigate the biosynthesis of plant alkaloids. Understanding the 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 discover and characterise new and unusual enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of plant alkaloids. You will conduct research that includes gene discovery, recombinant expression and enzyme characterisation. There will also be significant opportunities to explore approaches such as synthetic biology or X-ray crystallography. You will be required to work both independently and as team, present research results at national and international meetings, and write manuscripts for publication in high-impact journals.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You should have a PhD in biochemistry or a related subject and experience in recombinant protein production and enzyme characterisation. Previous experience of successful work in natural product enzymology, biosynthetic pathway elucidation or metabolic engineering 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.

This post is available on a fixed-term contract for 36 months. 

Interview date: w/c 10th February 2020

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

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