Research Fellow (107527-0623)

University of Warwick

Vacancy Type/Job category
Research Only
Warwick Medical School, Biomedical Sciences
£33,348 – £43,155 per annum.
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Full-time, fixed-term contract for 2 years.
Research Fellow opportunity available in a friendly and productive lab working on the fundamental mechanisms of biomolecular motors. We use protein engineering and advanced optical microscopy to probe the mechanisms by which kinesin molecular motors and their microtubule tracks work together as force-generating molecular machines. The experiments will involve a range of techniques in biophysical cell biology, especially protein engineering, single molecule optical trapping, solution kinetics, super-resolution microscopy and microfluidics.
The Cross laboratory sits within Warwick’s Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology, offering an outstanding environment for discovery science in one of the best universities in the UK. You will have a good honours degree, a relevant PhD and a demonstrable track record of productive hands-on experimental work in a relevant area.
If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£32,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£33,348).
We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.
To find out more or arrange an informal conversation about the role, please contact: Professor Rob Cross, [email protected].
With your application form please attach a copy of your CV and include a supporting statement for the role.
Interview Date: TBC.
Job Description
To perform experiments to determine the force generating mechanisms of kinesin molecular motors and their microtubule tracks.
1. Conduct individual and collaborative experimental research projects.
2. Keep precise electronic records of experiments.
3. Write up research work for publication.
4. Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.
5. Present information on research progress and outcomes, orally and in writing.
6. Contribute to the writing of papers.
7. Maintain and update personal knowledge and understanding of the field.
8. Behave as an exemplary laboratory citizen.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
PhD (or soon to receive PhD) in quantitative biology, bioinformatics, physics, maths, computer science, or related discipline. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in a relevant field. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 3
Excellent interpersonal skills. (b)
Essential Criteria 4
A developing research profile with the ability to publish high quality research output. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 5
Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge of research methods and techniques relevant to experimental biophysics. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability and potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience of and expertise in experimental single molecule optical trapping. (a,b,c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Coding experience in any one of the following: Python, R, ImageJ/FIJI, MATLAB, C++, java. (a,b,c)
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Closing Date
3 Jul 2023

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