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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Single-molecule Biophysics

Condensed Matter

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with experience in single-molecule biophysics to join the Gene Machines’ group, led by Professor Achilles Kapanidis. The group is well known for developing single-molecule fluorescence methods and applying them to DNA/RNA polymerases. The post is available for a fixed-term until March 2019, with possibility of further extension.

The project is a collaboration with Professor Ervin Fodor (Oxford Dunn School of Pathology) and focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms of the influenza virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase using single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, and builds on our previous work on the influenza polymerase (Tomescu, PNAS 2014, 111, E3335; Robb, NAR 2016, 44, 10304). The successful candidate will carry out in vitro single-molecule imaging to capture real-time viral replication events, and test different models of polymerase action using fluorescently labelled proteins and/or RNA. The researcher will join a dynamic interdisciplinary group where they will supervise graduate students and enjoy high research independence, write research articles and have the opportunity to teach.

The applicant should be possess, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in physics, biophysics, optics or another relevant field. Experience in single-molecule fluorescence techniques, super-resolution microscopy, and data analysis (particularly MATLAB) is required. Experience in protein-RNA/DNA interactions and protein expression is desirable. The ideal candidate should have at least two original publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Please direct enquiries to Professor Achilles Kapanidis (Achilles.Kapanidis@physics.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV, copies of two representative publications and details of three referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 12 January 2018 can be considered.

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Only applications received before midday Friday January 12th 2018 can be considered. You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV, copies of two representative publications and details of three referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 12 January 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

Marie Sklodowska Curie Early Stage Researcher (2 posts)

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for two Early Stage Researchers as part of the “DNA-Based Modular Nanorobotics” Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network www.DNA-Robotics.eu. These positions are suitable either as a first salaried position for researchers currently studying for a PhD that will be awarded after recruitment or for students who wish to undertake a first doctoral degree (Oxford DPhil).The posts are for a fixed term of 3 years.

ESRs will participate in the development of a new technology of modular nanorobotic systems based on structural DNA nanotechnology.

Project 1: Powered linear and rotary motion for molecular robotic devices

Project 2: Modular assembly of integrated nanorobotic systems

The successful candidates will develop techniques for the design, construction, actuation and characterization of functional synthetic nanostructures and for their integration to create modular molecular robotic systems. Responsibilities will include: participation in DNA-Robotics training programme; development of a personal career development plan; management of research activities; development of scientific techniques and experimental protocols; use of specialist scientific equipment; contribution of research ideas; testing hypotheses and analysis of data; collaboration on all aspects of research, including preparation of scientific reports, journal articles and presentation of papers and posters. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants for DPhil study should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a Masters degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, Computer Science, Biochemistry or other relevant science.

More experienced researchers who are close to obtaining a PhD and will not study for a doctoral degree should have relevant experience in biophysics, biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology, biological chemistry or computer science. Experience in DNA nanotechnology, single-molecule biophysics, or nucleic acid chemistry for these candidates would be an advantage.

All applicants should demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills, as well as an ability to manage own academic research and to contribute ideas for new research projects.

When recruited, ESRs must be in the first 4 years (FTE) of their research careers, not have been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years, and not have been awarded a doctorate.
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Application Deadline: 16 February 2018 by 12:00 midday


 

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