Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is delighted to offer a postdoctoral scholar position in biochemistry. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2019.

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available from 1st September 2019 in the laboratory of Dr Martin Welch, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge (UK). This 3-year position is funded by the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust as part of a larger Strategic Research Centre (SRC) administered from Cambridge. The SRC, entitled “Gas, food and lodging; understanding the physiological and metabolic requirements of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the cystic fibrosis airways” involves 5 other international teams, and seeks to understand why the opportunistic human pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, exhibits such an exquisite predilection for colonising the airways of people with CF.

The specific component of the SRC being addressed in Cambridge deals with the question of fatty acid metabolism by P. aeruginosa in the CF airways. Fatty acids are known to be a major source of carbon for P. aeruginosa during CF airway infection. In particular, we aim to understand better the biology of fatty acid oxidation through structural, biochemical and genetic analyses.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or will have recently submitted for a PhD in a relevant science. They should have a keen interest in protein chemistry, with prior experience in the cloning and expression of enzymes for biochemical characterisation, and a desire to apply these skills to an important clinical problem. Prior experience in structural (x-ray or cryo-EM) analyses and/or proteomics would be advantageous, although this is not essential as training will be provided.

Interviews are expected to take place in August 2019.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Informal inquiries can be made to Martin Welch – Inquiries regarding the application process can be made to the HR team –

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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