Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biocatalysis & Chemical Biology

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  • Edinburgh
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Job Description: Grade UE07: £39,347 - £46,974 College of Science and Engineering / School of Chemistry Contract type: Full time (35 ho... Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biocatalysis & Chemical Biology, Category: Scientific

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biocatalysis & Chemical Biology: University of Edinburgh

Job Description:

Grade UE07: £39,347 – £46,974

College of Science and Engineering / School of Chemistry

Contract type: Full time (35 hours per week)

Fixed term: available immediately for 24 months

Number of posts: 2

The School of Chemistry are looking for two postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) positions from the 1st June 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for 24 months. The PDRAs will be supervised by Dr Amanda Jarvis ( ) and Prof. Dominic Campopiano ( ) and will be based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

The Opportunity:

The PDRAs will lead experimental work on the biosynthesis of non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs) as part of a project entitled ‘Scalable Production Of Precisely Engineered Proteins Using An Expanded Genetic Code’. This is a new £2M Engineering Biology Mission Award in collaboration with the University of Manchester (PI: Prof. Anthony Green, co-Is: Dr Sarah Lovelock and Prof. Patrick Cai). ( ).

Applicants should have (or be near completion of) a PhD in chemistry, chemical biology or a related field. A successful candidate is likely to have experience with biocatalysis and relevant analytical skills (e.g. HPLC, GC and MS). Experience of biosynthetic pathway design and working in vivo will be an advantage. The candidate should have an excellent academic track record (commensurate with their career stage and experience), ideally including peer-reviewed published work. They are expected to be active in developing the project, to collaborate with all team members, and to contribute to the mentoring/training of PhD students and project students. The successful applicant will join a vibrant and diverse team of chemists, biochemists and synthetic biologists based across 5 groups in Edinburgh and Manchester (Edinburgh: Campopiano and Jarvis groups; Manchester: Lovelock, Green and Cai groups).

For informal enquires please contact: Dr Amanda Jarvis at or Prof. Dominic Campopiano .

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Expertise in biocatalysis/enzyme-catalysed reactions
  • In depth knowledge of analytical techniques such as GC-MS, HPLC, NMR.
  • An interest and enthusiasm to work at the chemistry-biology interface
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

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Your application should include a full CV and cover letter.

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

  • A competitive salary
  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work.
  • To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community
  • Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our

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Championing equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

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The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

Key dates to note

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 12 June 2024.

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The School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh has a long and distinguished history. The first Chemistry Professor was appointed to the Chair in 1713 and the Edinburgh University student-led Chemical Society is regarded as the oldest chemical society in the world. The School is run as a single academic unit with approximately 50 academic staff, 40 professional support staff and 250 research students and post-doctoral workers and a first year intake of 135 Chemistry undergraduates. The School of Chemistry at Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of excellence in science, engineering and technology employment in higher education relating to supporting women in Science.

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99% of our research outputs as either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” and 100% of the economic, social and environmental benefit in our impact case studies to be “outstanding” or “very considerable”.

Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh has over £34M of current research grants, and has an international research reputation with many of our staff holding prestigious national and international awards. This world-class centre for chemistry has four research groupings: the Chemistry/Biology Interface; Experimental and Theoretical Chemical Physics; Molecular Synthetic Chemistry; and Materials Chemistry. Many academics are involved in more than one research area, and this breadth of activity is exemplified by our research collaborations with our EaStCHEM partner across a variety of disciplines. For further information